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In Case You're Not Planning to Use a Magic 8 Ball

Steven Salzberg takes the time to round up the scientific platforms of each of the major US presidential candidates at his Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience blog. (At least some of the candidates fall squarely in the "pseudoscience" camp.) Not surprisingly, Salzberg
calls Mike Huckabee "the worst of all the leading candidates when it comes to support for scientific research and his own personal understanding of science" and says that Hillary Clinton's highly detailed platform could actually sway him to vote for her. Whatever
the campaign outcome, he writes, "I hope that the next president will strengthen our commitment to science." Sadly, that wouldn't take much.

 

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.