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Quaking With Fear

There is increasing political will for open access to taxpayer-financed scientific research, The Economist reports. The British government recently announced that all research that it funds must be freely available online, beginning in 2013. Shortly thereafter, the European Union said that research it funds between 2014 and 2020 must also be accessible online, for free. Further, The Economist says, the success of open-access publisher Public Library of Science has led to it offering seven journals and an influx of new open-access journals. "A revolution, then, has begun. Technology permits it; researchers and politicians want it," The Economist writes. "If scientific publishers are not trembling in their boots, they should be."

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.