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Still No Explanation for Scientists Who Are Addicted to Their Research

Bioinformaticists at Peking University in Beijing published a paper in PLoS Computational Biology that linked 396 common genes to drug addiction, reports a news story. The pathways they focused on were those for addiction to cocaine, opiates, alcohol, and nicotine. After mining data from thousands of peer-reviewed genetic studies, they identified 1,500 human addiction-related genes, of which about 400 were found to be common in some 20 molecular pathways. The scientists then developed KARG, the first annotated molecular database for addiction-related genes.

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.