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Microsoft Steps Up to the Personalized Medicine Plate

Microsoft beat Google to the punch yesterday by launching HealthVault, a web site to freely track public health records. They’ve already partnered with several large hospitals, health organizations and health care companies, including Pfizer, writes the New York Times article. At VentureBeat, David Hamilton complains not only about the time it takes to sign up for an account, but how confusing and ultimately difficult the site is to use — not to mention the looming questions of privacy, security, and ultimate utility. He’s also not convinced that allowing patients to handle their own medical data is a good thing; this will have “serious implications, especially since patients could misconstrue something,” writes Deepak Singh at bbgm.

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.