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Viruses Are More Mysterious Than We Think

A post on Omics! Omics! talks about whether or not all viruses are bad. Author Keith Robison points out that in the case of diphtheria, for example, the bacterial host is actually helped by the toxic virus it incorporates into its own genome. Not only does he bring up an interesting question, but he also proves that Marilyn vos Savant (of Parade magazine fame) either isn't the smartest lady in the world or needs to brush up on her virology.

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.