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Stop Calling it Junk!

A recent paper out of the department of genetics at the University of Chicago presents statistical evidence that noncoding DNA is actually evolving. Using what they call a “shared rates test” to identify conserved non-coding elements (CNCs) that show significant variation in substitution rates across branches of a phylogenetic tree, they found that many regions in both animals and humans show speed-ups and slow-downs. At The Daily Transcript, Alex Palazzo breaks down the paper into bite-sized chunks.


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.