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Because the Nose Knows

Here's a piece from Technology Review about how scientists are putting DNA sequences to work as odor detectors. "Scientists have found a way to quickly identify which DNA sequences are ideal for detecting a particular odor," the story says. A researcher talks about putting those sequences on a microarray to conduct high-throughput smell-sensing. Such a system could be used to detect toxins, explosives, and a wide range of chemicals, according to the article.

 

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.