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Arts & Culture Day at GTO

Oh, it's a good day here at GTO headquarters. It started with Jason Kelly at Free Genes linking to a theme song for bioengineers, produced by NPR and the Mammalian Pituitary Band (we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried). With lyrics like "We'll fix the problems of today / By building stuff with DNA," it's a can't-miss. Click here, scroll down, and look for the link to "We Are Bioengineers" on the left.

Then we got word that Scottish poet Gillian Ferguson has posted her 1,000-page poem about the human genome online so everyone can read it for free. Or you can sign up to get bits of "The Human Genome: Poems on the Book of Life" e-mailed to you daily. Seriously.

And if that's not enough to keep you away from your lab, there's always the colossal squid. If anybody asks, you can say you're studying best practices for formalin fixing.


The Scan

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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.