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Foundation Medicine and Natera FoundationOne Tracker

Foundation Medicine and Natera have launch the research use version of FoundationOne Tracker, Foundation Medicine’s personalized circulating tumor DNA monitoring assay. FoundationOne Tracker combines Foundation Medicine's tissue-based comprehensive genomic profiling platform with Natera's expertise in ctDNA monitoring.

The assay uses optimized algorithms to identify tumor-specific variants and a personalized design to detect ctDNA in plasma, and is meant for use in both advanced- and early-stage research applications. Additionally, the fully integrated workflow between Foundation Medicine and Natera is expected to provide rapid inclusion of ctDNA monitoring results into retrospective research studies, the companies said.

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.