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Simpler and Faster Is What We Like to Hear

The University of Illinois' Huimin Zhao and his colleagues report on their new DNA assembler method in Nucleic Acids Research. Needing only simple DNA preparation and a one-step yeast transformation, this in vivo process can assemble an entire biochemical pathway of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in a single step by taking advantage of homologous recombination. "Assembling genes into a biochemical pathway using a DNA assembler is similar to building a toy train. Each cart is an equivalent of a gene, which is connected to each other in an ordered manner at the same time," Zhao tells Wired Science Blogs.

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.