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BD Biosciences

BD Biosciences’ Discovery Labware division said last week that it now offers fluorescent dyes for detecting live cells and functional activities in cell-based assays.
The fluorescent dyes, calcein acetooxymethylester and DilC12(3), can be used with BD Falcon FluoroBlok cell culture inserts and insert systems to label cells for performing analyzes such as tumor cell invasion, endothelial cell migration, endothelial cell tubulogenesis, and other cell-based assays. BD said that the dyes can also be used to pre- and post-label viable cells for kinetic and endpoint experiments, and that they exhibit low toxicity.

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.