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New Genes for Bipolar Disorder

Researchers have used a gene chip to identify SNPs associated with bipolar disorder in American, British, and Irish patients. They identified two genes, both involved in ion channels. Nick Craddock, who led the Nature Genetics study, told the New York Times that the genes are probably only involved in a few bipolar cases and with modest effect. He adds, however, that identifying involved genes will help elucidate the pathways involved in bipolar disorder.

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.