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DIY Biologists Unite

Among the attendees of a DIY biology meeting in Seattle was Sandra Porter, who writes at her blog that the meeting focused on legal and safety concerns. The biggest legal problem, they think, would be to be sure that no one is making anything illegal -- and that the neighbors don't think it's a meth lab. As for safety, Porter says it varies depending on the organism being used and that yeast, though more difficult to work with, is probably the safest. The group also discussed making suicide genes to minimize the escape of any modified organisms.

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.