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History and Genetic Genealogy Together

After getting conflicting reports of his heritage from two commercial genetic genealogy companies, Henry Louis Gates, an African-American studies professor at Harvard, is starting his own company, reports the Wall Street Journal. Genetic analysis often gives multiple matches and Gates's African DNA service plans to have historians and anthropologists on hand to sort out which possible match is more likely from a historical point of view.

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.