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No Mention of Raindrops on Roses or Whiskers on Kittens

Dan Koboldt has a post at MassGenomics singing the praises of Maq, the short read alignment tool from Heng Li that was just published in Genome Research. "It's an important milestone for the open source tool that, by most accounts, out-performs just about every next-gen alignment algorithm to come out," he writes. Koboldt lists his 10 favorite attributes of the tool, including the map file, read simulation, good documentation, and more.


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.