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Pooling Patents for Disease

The Guardian reports that Ivan Lewis, the British minister for international development, will be working to persuade drug companies to give up their patent rights to help treat neglected diseases and pediatric HIV patients in the developing world. Lewis will be meeting with execs to determine whether they will participate in two patent pools. One was proposed by GlaxoSmithKline to encourage research into treatments for neglected diseases, and the other by the international organization Unitaid that buys HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis medications for the developing world. "Now is the time for industry to step up to the mark," Lewis says.

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.