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Tracking Viruses in the Comfort of Your Home

Using funding from Google.org's Predict and Prevent Initiative, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School have launched HealthMap, a website that aggregates information from sources like Google News, WHO, and online discussion groups to track disease outbreaks. The system uses color-coded maps to alert site visitors to where news about emerging disease is happening. "The idea of HealthMap is to get filtered, valuable information to the public and public health community in one freely available resource,” says co-founder John Brownstein in a Wired story.

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.