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Step 1: Make Sure It's Really Genetic

Sandra Porter has a blog post that starts a series using Huntington's disease as a way to look at the key steps of researching a genetic disease. Porter recounts how she first learned about the disease, and the initial research phases -- reviewing the literature, tracking the gene of interest, and looking at model organisms, among others. It's a good primer for anyone getting into a genetic disease project, and Porter promises more to come with future installments in her series.


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.