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A Supplies Solution

Bitesize Bio contributor Megan Cartwright this week proposes a system to keep lab supply orders and fulfillments straight. "Ordering, receiving, auditing, and following-up on outstanding orders are all boring and time-consuming aspects of a lab manager's job," Cartwright says. But, "given the money involved and research's time-sensitive nature, these mundane but important tasks must be as simple as possible for all lab members," she adds.

To make it so, Cartwright suggests keeping a clipboard with fresh order sheets where every lab member can access it, a binder with hard copies of all order receipts, and designated spaces for fresh supplies as they come in. With the system in place, monthly upkeep — replenishing the order sheets, checking the receiving bins and supply stock, and following up on any outstanding orders — is all that's left to be done, she 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.