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While in Humans, the Cost of Fitness Is Less Time for Internet Surfing

Over at his eponymous blog, Mike the Mad Biologist has a post suggesting that perhaps signal peptides are the fitness cost of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Signal peptides, as he points out, have long been considered unimportant -- "for those of you who remember cassette tapes, signal peptides were thought to be like the white part at the beginning of the tape," he writes -- but his own work indicates that these peptides do indeed have a significant effect on protein function.


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.