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I Like My Science Straight Up, Thank You Very Much

Steven Salzberg lauds Sam Harris's letter to Nature that criticizes the journal's support of religion. According to Harris, Nature took a wrong turn in publishing a religion-tinged editorial from Ziauddin Sardar and complimenting Francis Collins's book on faith and science. Salzberg says that religion has many venues to be discussed and that science has relatively few. "The title of the journal is Nature, not Supernature," writes Salzberg.

 

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.