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In Charge of Research

Geneviève Fioraso has been appointed the new minister of higher education and research of France in the wake of the recent elections there, reports the Nature News Blog. Fioraso is the deputy mayor of Grenoble and is the Socialist representative of Isère in the National Assembly. Nature notes that she "is no stranger to research and innovation issues, which has been her [specialty] both as a member of parliament, and as deputy mayor of Grenoble." Fioraso also authored the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices' February report on synthetic biology, Nature adds.

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.