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Getting Personal: Sep 14, 2009

At Science Progress, Michael Rugnetta and Whitney Kramer say that changes need to be made to the American health care system so that personalized medicine can be incorporated. They highlight some government-based programs working to overcome some of the stumbling blocks. In particular, FDA created the Senior Genomics Advisor position in the Office of the Chief Scientist; HHS has its Personalized Healthcare that has studied privacy, integrity, and accuracy of genetic information as well as access protocols of genomics databases; and the Secretary's Advisory Committee for Genetics, Health, and Society which provide ethical analyses. "For personalized medicine to fully come to fruition with the fewest number of bumps in the road, we must learn valuable lessons from the current piece-by-piece process as we ramp up our efforts to build upon it," Rugnetta and Kramer conclude.

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.