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Just Don't Let YouTube Suck You In

A post at Ars Technica predicts that the move toward open source textbooks has only just begun. Even though the incentive isn't quite there, some faculty are trying out using blogs, wikis, Second Life, and YouTube to engage and interact with their students -- instead of requiring them to buy hundreds of dollars worth of texts. One example is Christopher Rice, a lecturer in political science at the University of Kentucky, who has kept his students' reading list to under $40 by providing online articles and links to books at Project Gutenberg for older texts.

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.