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There Will Be Reveling in Madison Tonight

Reacting to an appeal from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled this week that one of three patents covering embryonic stem cell research can stand, reports a news article at Yahoo!. Rulings on the other two are pending. UW Madison's James Thomson was the first person to isolate embryonic stem cells, and the ruling upholds his work as patentable due to the "highly complex and unpredictable nature" of the field, as the story quotes examiner Gary Kunz.

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.