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I Give You Sophophora Melanogaster

Recent studies have shown that Drosophila melanogaster is, well, not part of the Drosophila genus, blogs Larry Moran. Since taxonomists are cladists, Moran says this will lead to a renaming of the model organism to Sophophora melanogaster.

On a related note, PZ Myers posted a cartoon that'll appeal to anyone who's spent hours staring at flies.


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.