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Send Away for Data

Scientists don't always have the "space, infrastructure, know-how, or time" to answer some of their scientific questions and then may turn to university core labs or even commercial service provides, notes The Scientist. In this article, they speak with researchers about why they outsource and what advice they have for others looking to do so. To find a service to do his de novo transcriptome sequencing work, Carl Bruder spoke with roughly 10 companies and core labs and he advises others to do their due diligence. "I didn't feel really happy about sending a sequencing job worth $20,000 to a lab that did not know how to normalize a cDNA library," he tells The Scientist, "so that was one of the criteria when we selected an outsourcing company." Wolfgang Schmidt emphasizes the importance of a personal connection. "You need a lot of face-to-face interaction with a person who can do this," he 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.