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It's New, It's Powerful ... But Will It Be Dirt Cheap?

An article in MIT's Technology Review talks about ZS Genetics' approach to next-gen sequencing and how it could impact the field. As a "relative newcomer," says the article, ZS Genetics’ technology uses electron microscopy to image strands of DNA labeled with iodine and bromine. The company, which hopes to have a prototype this summer, is aiming for read lengths in the 1,000 base-pairs range. "It's surprising and potentially very powerful," says Vladimir Benes, head of the Genomics Core Facility at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

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.