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Ah, The Sweet Smell of Agarose

Bora Zivkovic sparked a discussion by asking readers about the lab skills they have that are useless outside the lab or are outdated. His own include melatonin radioimmunoassay and being able to catch a quail in a dark isolation room. Sandra Porter picks up the topic on her own blog and adds to the list rocket immunoelectrophoresis and inoculating Kalanchoe leaves with pathogenic bacteria. She also wonders about the time lag between the skills that a biologist uses and those that are taught to biology students. "Maybe it's time for schools to start looking at the techniques and tools we're using now, and spend a little less time on the techniques we used then," blogs Porter.

 

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.