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Just Don't Touch Anything

On his blog, Russ Altman discusses the "proper role" of bioinformatics -- and bioinformatics researchers -- in biomedical research. He says that bioinformatics researchers need not perform wet lab experiments, especially early on in their careers. They do however, he says, need to understand what's going on in the wet lab. "It is also very critical that bioinformaticians understand the experiments that they analyze in great detail -- otherwise risking irrelevant methods that don’t make valid assumptions about the data," writes Altman.

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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.