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Taking DNA on the Road

Boston University's Catherine Klapperich has designed an electricity-free device that purifies DNA — all it takes to run is a bicycle pump. According to MIT's Technology Review, the device, called SNAP, "extracts genetic material from blood and other bodily fluids by pumping fluid through a polymer-lined straw designed to trap DNA." That straw, then, can be sent to a lab for testing. Indeed, Jose Gomez-Marquez from MIT's Innovations in International Health Initiative is working with Klapperich to refine the prototype for use in Nicaragua.

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.