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Remember When the Main Problem with DNA Databases Was that Nobody Knew About Them?

This week, scientists in the UK will kick off a recruitment campaign with the goal of getting 5 million Brits to volunteer DNA samples for UK Biobank, the national DNA database, according to this news story in the Guardian. They'll be specifically looking for people between the ages of 40 and 69.

That's not to be confused with last week's buzz about Biobank. That stemmed from a UK judge who called for all citizens of, and visitors to, the country to deposit their DNA in the database. (Seriously, people. Every visitor?) Fortunately, the Brits are seeing the humor of the situation -- and you can too, thanks to this satire piece from the Telegraph.

 

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.