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What Do They Do, Anyway?

For those of you just getting into translational or clinical applications, the New York Times has a good overview of just what it is that FDA does. While FDA is charged with the oversight of safety issues for cosmetics, drugs, food, medical devices, and other products, it does not give each group the same level of scrutiny. For example, it does not test dietary supplements or homeopathic medicines, though it will take action if they are proven unsafe. For drugs, both over-the-counter and prescription, FDA requires that companies prove they are safe and effective.

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.