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Suit Over a Marker

A biotech company is suing a prostate cancer researcher for making false claims concerning a disease biomarker, reports Science Insider. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Robert Getzenberg, then at University of Pittsburgh and now at Johns Hopkins University, he found a biomarker, EPCA-2, for human prostate cancer that he and the University of Pittsburgh patented it. The biotech company Onconome then spent millions of dollars to research, produce, and market a test based on that patent before discovering that the protein was only mapped in rats, not humans. "Notwithstanding the spectacular (and false) results proclaimed by defendants, the Getzenberg assay was no more accurate in distinguishing cancerous tissue from normal tissue than flipping a coin," the lawsuit says.

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.