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The Ripple Effect of Indels

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have used genomic analyses to investigate the distribution of single nucleotide changes around insertions and deletions, or indels. Published online in Nature yesterday, their work found that among primates, rodents, fruit flies, rice, and yeast, heterozygosity for an indel causes mutation in the nearby sequences.

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.