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Long Live the Lab? Maybe Not

On his blog the Philosopher’s Playground, professor Steve Gimbel argues for the removal of laboratory classes from college curricula. He says that offering lab classes prevents more interesting theory-based lectures from being taught and scares away the non-science majors -- and, he adds, these labs don't teach students anything anyway. But physicist Chad Orzel responds that labs courses can be instructive if they are well designed and implemented.

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.