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From the Classroom to the Picket Line

With the ongoing budget crisis in California, the chancellor's office is debating whether to revisit the contract with faculty, as the state may not be able to pay for the promised raises. Janet Stemwedel discusses a few reasons why it's difficult for university faculty members to take part in a strike. For starters, she says, teaching is a "caring profession" and that profs do take an interest in their students. She also notes that faculty are used to being squeezed, saying that years in graduate school have "warped us." "It can feel almost like we're tempting the universe to smack us down if we complain too strenuously about our compensation," she writes.

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.