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It'll Help on the Balance Sheet, Too

How's this for belt-tightening? The Wall Street Journal reports that GlaxoSmithKline has announced it will "no longer use corporate funds for political contributions as part of an effort to improve openness in its business," according to the article. The company donated more than $585,000 in the US this year. (The company adopted this same policy in Europe in 2001.) No word, though, on whether that money will be redirected to R&D.

 

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.