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Hey, New Guy, Welcome to Life Under the Microscope

Wired has a blog post about Bruce Alberts, the UCSF biochemist named as the next editor-in-chief of Science. In honor of Alberts' March 2008 appointment, a Wired reporter dug up a two-year-old interview of Alberts to give readers a sense of what kinds of policies he endorses. For one thing, it's not clear that Alberts will push for open access; he was part of a committee at PNAS that tried to make articles freely accessible after just two months but, when things didn't go as expected, switched back to the six-month access policy.


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.