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It's Not String Cheese, It's DNA

Biologists aren't the only ones who are extracting DNA. On her blog, Hsien-Hsien Lei posted a video from metacafe on how to do at-home DNA extractions. Using salt, water, and rubbing alcohol dangerously close to his computer keyboard, the star of the video ends up with stringy white clumps that look kind of like DNA.

We're left waiting, though, for a video on how to do sequencing at home.

 

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.