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Confessions of a Scientist

Blogger Isis the Scientist writes about the #scienceconfessions trending topic conversation she initiated on Twitter. Isis’ original tweet shared that she “once peed in the lab sink because I couldn't hold it but couldn't leave an experiment.” The discussion has evolved to include disclosures such as “my main use for our absurdly expensive ultrasonic bath is to clean jewelry,” and “distinguishing between chloroform and toluene in large evaporating dishes by enthusiastic sniff is unwise.” One participant sums up the discussion quite well, writing simply, “I talk to the mice, a lot.”

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.