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'Deliciously Cut-Throat' Annotations

The Community Assessment of Community Annotation with Ontologies, or CACAO, is "an annotation competition and educational effort" to get students interested in genetics and the analysis of genes, says Iddo Freidberg at Byte Size Biology. The project, which is run by researchers at Texas A&M University, pits teams of students from around the world against each other. Each team gets assigned a set of genes and has to employ any and all means to look them up and annotate them correctly. The scoring system, Friedberg says, is "deliciously cut-throat" as each team posts its results and then looks for errors in other teams' annotations — if team B find errors in team A's work, team B gets all of team A's points, Friedberg says. The researchers who run the competition are looking for students interesting in competing in the spring semester, he adds.

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.