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A Great Big "Nein!" to DTC Genetic Testing

Germany passed a law severely limiting genetic testing, according to this news report. "Health Minister Ulla Schmidt welcomed the new law as a crucial step in protecting the rights of patients. She said that after 10 years of discussions a legal framework had been put in place that would prevent the abuse of sensitive personal data," the article says.

In this commentary, PHG Foundation parses out the new law, which says "genetic tests can only be carried out by a licensed doctor following the patient's consent" -- essentially outlawing direct-to-consumer testing in the country. The foundation contends the law represents a "regressive and paternalistic approach that takes genetic exceptionalism to an extreme not seen in other jurisdictions."

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.