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An Array of Goodies from the New York Times

Today's New York Times science section is a treasure trove for GTO readers. Here's an update on recent findings that may explain why BRCA1 mutations can lead to such aggressive breast cancer -- apparently the gene inactivates a key tumor suppressor gene. In other gene breakthroughs, this article covers work that offers a genetic explanation for how planaria worms can tell which part of themselves to regenerate after an injury. Last but not least, here's a profile of Shinya Yamanaka, the Kyoto-based researcher who recently demonstrated the ability to turn adult skin cells into seemingly pluripotent stem cells.


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.