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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Clinic

In 10 years, NHGRI hopes to take DNA sequencers from the lab to the clinic, but some companies think 10 years isn't soon enough, says Forbes' Matthew Herper. Illumina's Jay Flatley has already talked about getting regulatory approval "to use his technology for medical purposes," Herper says. And even though regulatory approval — whether of the sequencers themselves or the interpretation of the sequence is unclear — is only the first hurdle. Companies such as Illumina would still have reimbursement issues and other problems to solve before installing sequencers in every hospital.

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.