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Bacterial Computing

Bacteria can be tiny organic computers. Researchers from Keio University in Tokyo were able to insert and retrieve a message, Einstein's famous E=MC2 and the year 1903, into the genome of Bacillus subtilis, reports The Guardian. Bacteria, the researchers say, can store a lot of information and pass it on to their descendants and be resistant to losing any of that information for millions of years.

We don't know about everyone, but we have some files that we’d like to lose after, say, a thousand years.

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.