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Stem Cells, Cloning, Genetic Engineering: It's All About Where You Live and What You Believe

John Tierney has an interesting essay in the New York Times in which he makes the argument that religious boundaries will ultimately be the lines of demarcation between cultures that accept human cloning and those that do not. "American and European researchers have made most of the progress so far in biotechnology. Yet they still face one very large obstacle -- God, as defined by some Western religions," Tierney writes. He says Asian religions tend to be less censorious of cloning, genetic engineering, and other methods than Western religions, adding that consequently, "prominent Western scientists have been going to Asia, like the geneticists Nancy Jenkins and Neal Copeland, who left the National Cancer Institute and moved last year to Singapore."

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.