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First They Figured Out Which Daughter of Eve He Hails From, and Then ...

It seems the general public has stopped chuckling over the reports that Jim Watson's DNA contains far more genes of African heritage than should be expected for a typical person of European descent -- and started wondering what the heck that even means. Slate's "Explainer" offers a breakdown of how the determination was made and what it says about Jim. This won't be news to GTO readers, but it's a nice synopsis for your friends in the lay audience.

 

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.