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Need to Speed Up Your PhD? Move to Canada

Here's a story to whip up some US-versus-Canada debate. TR Gregory has a post on his Genomicron blog about a recent report that Canadian students complete their PhD degrees more quickly than students in the US. (GTO thinks that's because students in the US have more warm weather to distract them from their studies.) Gregory notes that the prevalence of MSc degree opportunities in Canada gives students a chance to try out science and see whether it's right for them before committing to a full PhD -- and he encourages people to take advantage of the option to start in a master's program when possible.


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.