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Didn't Quite Get into MIT? Here's Your Chance to Take Courses Anyway

MIT's 1999 OpenCourseWare project is going strong. Three Quarks Daily links to an American Scientist posting that calls the initiative "an amazingly rich and generous resource." At the MIT site, users can download lecture notes, problem sets, and lecture videos for many of the almost 2000 course available — there is a course on computational and systems biology from 2004 and one on biological computing from 2005.

Too bad it doesn't actually lead to a degree.


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.