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We'd Better Rev Up Those Next-Gen Sequencers

At his Personal Genome blog, Jason Bobe compares the consumer genomics field to the personal computing industry by way of explaining his prediction that as many as 50 million people will have their genome sequenced by 2015. While Bobe makes it clear that there's no good evidence for that number, from GTO's perspective, it still sounds mighty optimistic. To make it, we calculate that you'd have to sequence more than 17,000 people per day from now till the end of 2015 -- but hey, stranger things have happened.

 

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.