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The Null Set for DNA Sequence

New Scientist reports on research out of Boise State University, where Greg Hampikian is heading up a project to track DNA sequences that don't appear in nature. (Yep, you read that right.) "Their goal is to identify 'primes': DNA sequences and chains of amino acids so dangerous to life that they do not exist," according to the article.

Hampikian will be presenting the results of this work at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing this week, New Scientist adds.

 

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.