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A Bit of the Spotlight

William Astbury worked with hairdressers to understand the molecular properties of hair that allowed for perms, and he took a crack at the structure of DNA, having taken X-ray pictures of it 15 years before James Watson and Francis Crick saw one. "He got pretty close, but there were aspects to the DNA puzzle which he could not have solved in 1938," says Bruce Turnbull at Leeds University in the Guardian. "Later scientists built on his work and his 'pile of pennies' description of DNA was not so far from the answer they correctly described, the double helix," he adds. Astbury is now being honored by the UK's Royal Society and with an exhibition in a Leeds museum.

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.