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Too Close For Comfort?

Airbus and Boeing. Apple and Microsoft. Coca Cola and Pepsi. At his Seqonomics blog, Art Wuster points to these as examples of duopolies. He then asks: "How close the next-generation sequencing market … to being dominated by the Illumina and Life Technologies duopoly?"

While he notes Illumina has captured the largest share of the next-gen sequencing market to date, Life Tech is not so far behind — and other firms are beginning to come online.

Still, Wuster says, "the dominance of Illumina and Life Technologies looks precarious. … There are a dozen companies scrambling to enter the market, and some of them are working on rather disruptive technology."

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.