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All Things 23andMe

Russ Altman blogs about his "first official 'post-genomic' personal moment." An advisor to 23andMe, Altman has his genotype information from the company and found himself looking up particular alleles after reading a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine about genetic variation in statin response. "In about 30 seconds I went from reading an article of potential interest to checking my genotype and drawing a preliminary conclusion about my own future actions," Altman writes. "I anticipate we all will have more of these moments, but I must say it was quite quick, informative, even fun."

Meanwhile, here's a Tech Review interview with 23andMe co-founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki. They discuss how customers can share genomic information with each other, how the data can be used to make medical decisions, and more.

 

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.