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Good Times With R

The New York Times discusses the growing popularity of the programming language R. The article says the open source program has taken off because people without programming backgrounds find it easy to use, plus it's free. "The great beauty of R is that you can modify it to do all sorts of things," the chief economist at Google, Hal Varian, tells the Times. At his blog, Thomas Mailund adds, "Together with Python and C++ it is one of my favorite languages and I have been using it almost daily for the last four-five years."

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.