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Still Hanging On to Relevancy

After President Obama announced that he would lift the stem cell restrictions put in place by President Bush, 10 members from The President's Council on Bioethics, appointed by President Bush with terms lasting until September, wrote on the Hasting Center's blog that Obama's characterization of his action "to lift the ban" was not accurate as "the policy announced by President Bush on August 9, 2001, did not ban federal funding of embryonic stem cell research." Obama gave the NIH 120 days to figure out guidelines for embryonic stem cell research and any new guidelines are thought to adhere to the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which outlaws the destruction of human embryos by federally-funded studies.

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.