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But Surely This Falls into that Division of Labor Thing?

The blog Blind.Scientist has posted an interview with Alexei Drummond, head scientist of Biomatters (developer of bioinformatics software Geneious), on the question of how much programming skills a biologist should have. At his blog, Neil Saunders brings up the point that learning to program will, in the end, save researchers time and effort. "Since we live in an age where the ability to acquire, process, and interpret large amounts of data is an important research skill," he posts, "I'd assume that any biologist with any common sense is thinking about improving their computer skills."

But you know, Neil, what they say about people who assume.

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.