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Shhhh … It's a Secret

KFC at The Physics arXiv Blog says that, as genome sequencing becomes less expensive, many people in the developed world will be able to afford it, and the benefits of genome sequencing for patients are already apparent. But there are concerns about how to keep that information private, just like there are over any other medical record. Several groups are developing ways to ensure privacy, but a new study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, shows that several cryptographic methods are suited to serve the purpose, KFC says. "The basic idea is to use standard encryption techniques to ensure that only those with the required key can see the data or the results of any computation. This can guarantee privacy against all but the most determined and well-resourced attacks," KFC says. While this is all fairly standard, it's the first time anyone has tried it with genomic data. But the UC Irvine group says it can be done — and fairly quickly, depending on how much data there is to encrypt — KFC adds.

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.