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Database Time of the Season


Late last month, the National Cancer Institute and Nature Publishing Group launched the Pathway Interaction Database, the latest signalling pathway database in town. Yesterday, the National Library of Medicine announced the release of dbGAP, a database developed by the
Center for Biotechnology. Designed to be a one-stop shop for looking at data from genome-wide association studies, the database includes statistical association info between genes and selected phenotypes. So far, dbGaP contains data from a National Eye Institute study on age-related macular degeneration, as well as a NINDS-supported study on Parkinson’s disease. DbGAP is slated to also house data generated by the Genetic Association Information Network, a public-private partnership launched earlier this year.



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.