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Magicians Call It Misdirection

Valleywag reports that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is giving money to 23andMe, his wife Anne Wojcicki's company, through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The post says that Brin have given a large donation to Fox's foundation and then the foundation gave a $600,000 grant to 23andMe for Parkinson's patients to sign up for the company's genetic-testing service. "Wojcicki described the approach in a Huffington Post op-ed as 'Research 2.0,'" says Valleywag's Owen Thomas. "To our ears, this sounds more like a good old-fashioned back-scratching arrangement."

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.