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While a recent court decision preserved federal funding for stem cell research, work on these cells could be "upended" if one of the GOP candidates were to defeat US President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. As the Boston Globe's Tracy Jan reports, nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates have said they would curtail President Obama's increased federal spending on embryonic stem cell research, which many researchers believe would jeopardize the future of the field. Stem cell scientists recently hailed an appeals court's decision to overturn an injunction on federal spending for embryonic stem cell research, but some say they are "alarmed" at the thought of going back to Bush-era restrictions on their work should a Republican take the White House next year, Jan says. "All this stopping and starting makes it very difficult for research projects to proceed," bioethics attorney Michael Werner tells Jan. "Ultimately, it makes it harder for drug developers to turn this research into new therapies for patients."

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.