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The Return of the Algae

Algal biofuel researchers have lost a decade's worth of work, says this post at Wired Science. In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter started the Aquatic Species Program that identified 51 algal strains as "potential high-value strains" but as funding dried up much of that knowledge, and even some of the strains, was lost. Recently, the article goes onto say, interest in algal biofuels has been piqued again, in part due to advances in genomics. "Despite the lost decade, algal oil makers are optimistic that they are about to ride a steep cost curve down to much, much cheaper biofuel," the post says. "As they apply new biological knowledge and optimize growing algae, the cost will drop. And as they capture economies of scale, the costs will drop again."

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.