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Laughing at DNA? Seriously, It Could Happen to You

He may have already gone through Francis Collins and Craig Venter, but Stephen Colbert outdid himself for our community last night with a full half-hour special called "DNA: Could It Happen to You?" Spencer Wells, who heads up the National Genographic Project, was a guest on the show and seemed to enjoy his stint teaching Colbert about haplogroups. If you've got a few minutes, be sure to check out this video of Wells' visit -- and if you have a little more time, check out this list of recent videos to see the full complement of DNA-based comedy from last night's show.

 

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.