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If Four Across Spells Venter, We're Not Playing This Game

On the heels of the discussion over whether or not Venter's synthetic genome might contain graffiti rather than a watermark, Carl Zoom mined his blog’s comments to find another equally stimulating topic, leading to the question: What is the longest (English) word encoded by the human genome? Over at What You're Doing is Rather Desperate, Neil Saunders actually slaps around some code (“using EMBOSS and some Linux command line trickery”) to come up with the word, Mental. Indeed.

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.