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New Branch Leader

Lawrence Brody is the new head of the Genome Technology Branch at NHGRI, according to an NIH news release. Brody has previously led the Molecular Pathogenesis Section where he studied metabolic pathway changes in cancer and he was the chief scientific officer of the Center for Inherited Disease Research. "Dr. Brody's exceptional scientific record, technical expertise, leadership credentials and vision for the field are among the many strengths that he brings to his new role as GTB chief," NHGRI Director Eric Green said in a statement. "He steps into an essential position where he will lead a productive and proven group of scientists whose discoveries are fueling the future of genomics."

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.