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Time for Plan B

Former Senator Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination as the secretary of Health and Human Services amidst questions over his taxes and time spent as an adviser to an investment firm and to a Washington law firm. "I realized that I can't pass health care if I am too much of a distraction," Daschle says. The Obama administration is now scrambling to find someone to fill the HHS post. People thought to be under consideration include the governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, Pennsylvania's governor, Edward Rendell, the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, and John Kitzhaber, the former governor of Oregon.

Another post in the Obama administration that is still up for grabs is the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. At the Intersection, Chris Mooney says FDA has been fraught with problems, most recently involving peanut butter. Mooney's choice would be Susan Wood, who was the director of women's health there.

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.