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At Least It Wasn't Lindsay Lohan

Millionaire Dan Stoicescu became Knome's first customer, forking over $350,000 to have his genome sequenced, according to this New York Times article. "As the cost of genome sequencing goes from stratospheric to merely very expensive, it is piquing the interest of a new clientele," the story says.

This, of course, has been the fear of many in the genomics field -- that sequencing would become a celebrity sport. Baylor's Richard Gibbs is quoted as saying, "We certainly don’t want a world where there’s a great imbalance of access to comprehensive genetic tests. But to the extent that this can be seen as an idiosyncratic exercise of curious individuals who can afford it, it could be quite a positive phenomenon."

 

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.