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The Database of Databases

The latest issue of Nucleic Acid Research is the journal's annual database roundup. This year, the database list is "the largest yet [with] 68 new databases and updates of 106 existing databases," according to an editorial by Alex Batemen of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Bateman's editorial is a nice look at the current state of databases, and offers several suggestions for how to build a good database, starting with: "The quality, quantity and originality of data as well as the quality of the web interface are the most important. Good data with a poor interface or vice versa are never sufficient for consideration."

 

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.