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This Week in Science: Nov 23, 2007

In a book review, Sydney Brenner looks at James Watson's "Avoid Boring People," looking in particular at the lessons Watson professes to have learned along the way. (Unfortunately, GTO can think of a lesson or two that could have come a lot sooner to Jim.)

In a perspectives piece, Rama Ranganathan at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center looks at research into cell signaling, with a focus on how G protein-coupled receptors perform cross-membrane activity.

This paper from senior author Noel Clark at the University of Colorado, Boulder, looks at stacking mechanisms and liquid crystal condensation properties of DNA duplexes in the six- to 12-base-pair range.


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.