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What's Next for NGS?

The PHG Foundation's Caroline Wright and her colleagues discuss the next steps for whole-genome sequencing in the clinic and make "specific recommendations for prompt and effective adoption within the UK National Health Service" in a new report. Funded by the foundation and with support from Illumina, Wright and her colleagues examined how advances in whole-genome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis pipelines show potential for applications in diseases like cancer; the ethical, legal, and social implications of such applications; the economics of sequencing in a health-care setting; and present policy recommendations. In a sign of the times, the PHG Foundation group added the following disclaimer to its report, released this week:

This report is accurate as of September 2011, but readers should be aware that genome sequencing technology and applications will continue to develop rapidly from this point.
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.