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Please, Don't Steal My Junk!

More and more, geneticists are discovering that "junk" DNA might not be junk at all, that noncoding regions do, to some extent at least, serve important biological functions. Recently, according to a Wired online magazine article, intelligent design proponents are using this fact to make a case for God having had a hand in building life. Isn't it nice to know that your work decoding the functional genome is giving the intelligent design camp some good ammunition?

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.