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Speedy Science

In today's issue of Science ($):

A review article from Christophe Fraser and colleagues looks at alternative approaches to defining bacterial species. The team used computer simulations of speciation in an attempt to provide more accurate categorization of bacteria.

A paper from Chava Kimchi-Sarfaty et al. at the US National Cancer Institute presents findings that a SNP previously considered "silent" is in fact linked to altered function of the MDR1 gene. And in a perspective piece for that paper, Anton Komar from Cleveland State University writes about the "silent but not invisible" SNPs.

 

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.