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New Stem Cell Lines Approved

New embryonic stem cell lines have been approved for use in federally-funded research in the US. Of these 13 new lines, 11 were made by Harvard Stem Cell Institute's George Daley and the other two by Rockefeller University's Ali Brivanlou. Both researchers used private funds for that work. "I am happy to say that we now have human embryonic stem cell lines eligible for use by our research community under our new stem cell policy," says Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, according to Agence France Presse. According to the Washington Post, 20 more lines may be approved for use as early as Friday and another 76 are also under consideration. "This is the first down payment on what is going to be a much longer list that will empower the scientific community to explore the potential of embryonic stem cell research," Collins adds in the Post.

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.