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Sponges and Synapses?

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara's Neuroscience Research Institute have found clues to the origins of the human nervous system in the genome of the sea sponge, one of the oldest animals. Thanks to the sponge's sequenced genome, Todd Oakley and his team found that although the creatures don't actually have nervous systems, there is much evidence for the genetic components of synapses.

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.