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Only Goes So Far

In the UK's Prospect magazine, Mark Henderson discusses the fallibility of consumer genetic testing and says that "the worth of examining up to 1m of the 6bn DNA letters in a human genome is uncertain." Namely, he points out that the test results discuss the consumer's risk of disease, can be inconsistent between the various platforms, and can change with new knowledge. "Personal genomics will reveal much, but only so much," he says.

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.