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With Just Four Shopping Days Left, It's Time to Get Out the Buccal Swab

GTO very nearly derailed this morning, and it's all thanks to this Technology Review article on "Gifts for Geeks." With a siren-song headline like that, it took all of our self-restraint to come back to the land of the Daily Scan. Don't miss this roundup of gift ideas "for the science enthusiast in your life," as TR puts it. While the GTO community will enjoy the genome sequence from Knome or the (much cheaper) customized DNA portrait designed by an immunologist, our favorite is the wi-fi detector shirt. Plug three batteries into a pocket, and bars on the shirt light up when you're in range of a good wireless signal. Sure, a sniffer would be much more subtle, but this gift list is all about geeking out.

 

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.