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Depends on Whether You Like Port

There is a wager between Lewis Wolpert and Rupert Sheldrake on the predictive value of the genome, to be decided on May 1, 2029. The winner gets a case of port. Wolpert, an embryologist at University College, London, says that by that date, researchers will be able to predict all the details and any abnormalities of an organism from the genome of the fertilized egg. Sheldrake, a parapsychologist, says that will not be possible. They further explain their views in the New Scientist.

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.