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Still Arguing About Evolution -- The Fun Argument, Not the Other One

It's been a few weeks now since John Hawks and his colleagues published their paper contending that the rate of human evolution has been speeding up during the last 40,000 years -- but scientists are still mulling it over, if GTO's scan of blogs is any indicator. Over at the Gene Expression blog, p-ter covers the paper and gathers some fun comments. At evolgen, blogger RPM has been stewing over the publication recently. And it wouldn't be worth watching if John Hawks didn't defend himself, which he does here.

 

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.