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On the Horizon: More Genetic Testing, More Ethical Debates

As leaders in the community debate the technical merits of genetic diagnostics, the consumer community is facing debates of its own about them. This article in the New York Times follows the growing concern over genetic testing when it means would-be parents might choose to abort a fetus that tests positive for a disease or disability. The University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan is quoted as asking, "How much choice do you really want to give?"

 

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.