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Google: It's Here, It's There, It's Everywhere

If you like your news served with a side of hearsay, this post's for you. The UK's Business Weekly covers a report that says Google may be mulling a play in healthcare and disease management. The report highlights Internet searching as a means of disease monitoring, and points to early indicators that the mother of all search engines may be considering how it could get involved, according to the article. Here at GTO, we can picture it already: using Google Earth, you zoom in on the building or home you're planning to visit, and little icons pop up to tell you which illnesses are currently lurking in people there.

In more certain news, Google announced plans to unveil the beta version of Google Desktop for Linux users. Is it just us, or are the reasons to use Windows getting fewer and fewer?

 

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.