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Folding, Melting, and Your Friend the Transcriptome

The early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science sports some interesting open-access research papers today. Clemens Scherzer and colleagues report results of their transcriptome-wide scan to locate blood-based biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease, while Hairong Ma’s team at Caltech detail observations on the folding and melting of DNA in a real-time setting.

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.