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Tweet Tweet! PCR Cloning's Complete

The Albion Café in London alerts its patrons to "every fresh-baked tray of cakes and pastries ... so you'll know when to show up" via Twitter. Cameron Neylon at Science in the Open says that although the "lab is slightly more complex than a bakery," researchers could build upon this concept to record and share scientific data. "A little more sophistication could go a long way," Neylon says. By building upon this basic framework, shared data "could be processed downstream into a more directly useable record," he adds. As researchers often neglect to record the small details of their work, Neylon suggests that a modified Twitter model would allow "the potential for capturing a lot of the detail of what is happening in a lab, as it happens." Though he notes that "Twitter is often derided as trivial," Neylon says at the very least it shows that "starting with identifying the simplest things … that are also useful to the scientist on the ground seems like a viable route forward."

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.