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It Wasn't All Wine and Cheese

Steve Mount just returned from San Diego where he spent a few days at the Plant and Animal Genome conference. It was, he says, a bit of a showcase for vendors but there was still a lot of interesting talk about comparative genomics and more.

As Steve says (and GTO concurs), a lot of the interesting tidbits from the conference were mentioned in passing or as an afterthought: the soybean genome is complete, "heritable epimutations" could be a way around GM regulations, and nearly everyone was talking about their new short reads. Check out the full program, including who's working on genomics and bioenergy, here.


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.