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Science ... in a Hurry

In this week's Science ($), editors rounded up quite a selection of papers of interest.

A pair of papers focus on siRNAs. In the one from Andy Fire's lab, scientists looked at the secondary response of synthesizing small antisense RNAs that takes place during RNA interference in everybody's favorite nematode. In another RNAi publication, Titia Sijen and crew also take a swing at this process.

A paper from the clan at TIGR offers up the draft genome sequence of Trichomonas vaginalis, a sexually transmitted pathogen that dwells in the urogenital tract in men and women. The genome weighs in at 160 megabases - larger than the other known pathogens of this type.

Steve Quake and Sebastian Maerkl report in on a microfluidic platform that measures low-affinity interactions. They also look at the binding energy for several transcription factors.

Finally, in a letter to Science, Allan Mazur from Syracuse University responds to studies showing that Americans are less likely than peers in other industrialized countries to believe in evolution. He writes that belief in evolution among Americans correlates to people who hold more politically liberal views. (Surprise.)

 

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.