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A Reminder to the Angular Egyptologist: All Press Is Good Press

A recent issue of Smithsonian magazine profiled Svante Paabo, who directs the genetics department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Aside from learning that Paabo, a former Egyptology student, likes to get comfy by folding "his long legs under his angular body to perch on a sofa," the article introduces lay readers to the concept of evolutionary biology. Hey, if Mary-Claire King calls the man "a visionary," we say it's worth checking out the profile.


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.