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'Most Carefully Considered'

Medical research would be much harder without animal subjects, and researchers are increasingly using animals either injected with human cells or with human tissue grafts to get a more accurate understanding of how a compound or drug works in people. A leading panel of scientists and ethicists has released a report calling for more scrutiny, regulation, and legal boundaries on this type of research, says the Guardian's Alok Jha. In particular, the panel says that future research into areas like human cognition and reproduction are of the most concern to the public when it involves animals containing human material. The panel didn't recommend that such work be outright banned, Jha says, but said it should be "most carefully considered."

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.