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Platitude of the Day: You Can't Know Where You're Going If You Don't Know Where You've Been

The latest issue of Nucleic Acids Research has a free-access review piece from Clyde Hutchison at the J. Craig Venter Institute that gives a nice background on the history of DNA sequencing. And if history isn't your thing, he includes sections on next-gen sequencing and where he thinks all of this is going. To wit:

The currently popular vision that an investigator with a single benchtop machine could replace a large sequencing center can only be realized with increases in the productivity of computers and bioinformaticians even more dramatic than that expected for sequencers. It appears that for our individual $1000 genome sequences to be truly useful, fundamental advances in computation and bioinformatics will be essential.


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.