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This Week in Genome Biology: May 23, 2012

In a research highlight published online in advance in Genome Biology this week, Siavash Kurdistani from the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses the epigenomic enhancer profiling of colon cancer study from Case Western Reserve University's Batool Akhtar-Zaidi et al., recently published in Science, noting how it "has implicated distal gene regulatory DNA sequences in the establishment of an oncogenic transcriptional program."

Genome Biology has extended the submission deadline for its second special issue on epigenomics. The special issue, planned for publication in late summer 2012, will be guest-edited by the Broad Institute's Alexander Meissner. Submissions are now due May 31.

Over in Mobile DNA, researchers at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia present C-GATE, an online catalog of genes affected by transposable elements. The authors say that C-GATE contains "212 cases of biologically verified TE exaptations and more than 1,700 in silico TE-gene partnerships" to date.

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.