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Loop Genomics SARS-CoV-2 Long-Read Sequencing Service

Loop Genomics has launched a service for sequencing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, using long amplicons and synthetic long reads linked by universal molecular identifiers.

The service provides reads averaging 6 kb to 7 kb using only Illumina's short-read next-generation sequencing platform. The SARS-CoV-2 has a genome of approximately 30 kb. Along with consensus error correction, the technology allows researchers to characterize highly similar strains that have mutations thousands of bases apart.

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.