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It Does Matter...

At Omics! Omics! Keith Robison notes that some papers using Illumina sequencing don't include the read length used in the project and he adds that he'd like to see papers include error statistics by read position. He says including read length is interesting for two reasons: "First, it's useful for estimating what can be done with the technology, and second since read lengths have been increasing it is an interesting guesstimate of when an experiment was done." As for error statistics, Robison says that labs should be monitoring that information anyway and that "it also serves as an important reminder to consider the quality in how you are using the data.

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.