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Deals with biotech companies are becoming more important as pharmaceutical companies go through restructuring, writes John Carroll at FierceBiotech. "We've been seeing a lot more smart biotechs doing licensing deals at an early stage this year. Preclinical pacts are not at all uncommon," he says. However, Carroll notes that deal terminations by pharma companies are occurring at earlier stages. "So not only do biotechs have to get smarter about collaborations, they also need to build in an exit door so they can take all their IP with them if a partnership turns sour," he adds.

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.