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New Buzzword: Distributed Innovation

Encouraging innovation is key to bringing the economy out of its current depression. Over at Science Progress, a post talks about the lack of innovation policy in the US and how it contributes to its lagging behind in productivity. “A key way for the United States to improve productivity, create jobs, and grow the domestic economy over the long term is for the government to support the growth of regional centers of innovation,” the post says. Speaking at a recent event hosted by the Center for American Progress, University of Chapel Hill Public Policy Professor Maryann Feldman said that good infrastructure and support of small and medium-sized businesses was imperative, citing Silicon Valley, San Diego, Route 128 in Massachusetts, and Toledo, Ohio as particularly good nodes in the innovation hub.

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.