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Obsolete, Generic, and General? Sounds Great

With genomics and genome-scanning taking off, Evolgen delves again into what the definition of a gene is, though he thinks the term is "obsolete" and "overly generic." Drawing on Carl Zimmer's recent article in the New York Times which includes gene definitions from Ewan Birney, Thomas Gingeras, and David Haussler, Evolgen says he agrees the most with Birney and Haussler who say that many transcripts don't wind up doing much. "The gene is far too general, and more specific terminology is warranted in most cases. And I haven't even touched on the importance of epigenetics," Evolgen writes.

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.