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Into the Breach

Increasingly, academic intuitions have programs to help professors make the jump from interesting idea to business opportunity, reports the New York Times. The first such "matchmaking" center was the William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California, San Diego, and it has helped 26 companies get off the ground and brought in $87 million, the Times says. "Many of the great ideas get stuck in labs because scientists don't have access to the kind of ecosystem" such centers have, says Amy Salzhauer, a founder of Ignition Ventures. "This is a way to better harvest those ideas."

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.