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A Small Step

GlaxoSmithKline plans to open its labs to outside, nonprofit collaborators to spur research into malaria and other neglected diseases, Chief Executive Andrew Witty told Forbes. One such project for therapies to treat parasitic worms is being carried out in conjunction with Emory University researchers and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. “GSK is providing us direct access to the scientists and all of the [internal] reports in the program. ... Talking to scientists and finding out what [compounds] are the good ones, that is huge, says Emory’s Dennis Liotta. At the Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen blogs that “this could be a good first step. But if they really want to advance malaria vaccine research, perhaps they should release their data to everyone?”

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.