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Always Practice Good Data Hygiene

Mike at Bioinformatics Zen has a post on good practices for file naming and directory hygiene that could help ease confusion when you're running scripts involving several files. "For the last year I’ve been working with Ruby on Rails, and I think many of the techniques used in this framework are also applicable to bioinformatics experiment structuring," Mike writes. He elaborates on his recommendations, which include using a database and relational management library instead of flat files and performing validation to verify data, among others.

 

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.