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Now Even the Hoi Polloi Are Being Sequenced. Sigh.

The community is aflutter with one of the field's worst-kept secrets: a consortium led by NHGRI, Sanger, and the Beijing Genomics Institute, finally announced its plans to study 1,000 genomes with new DNA sequencing technologies.

At Genetic Future, Daniel MacArthur blogs favorably on the project, though he notes that "the title of the project is actually pretty misleading - they won't be sequencing 1,000 complete genomes." (Complete genome sequence, whether at low quality or high, will be limited to fewer than 200 people, he says; the rest will likely be covered with exon sequencing.) Still, he says, "this project will have truly profound implications for research into human variation and disease."

 

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.