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What Makes a 'Wellderly' Person?

This Wall Street Journal article says that certain sets of genes lead people to live longer. Teams of researchers are studying elderly people in Georgia, Holland, Okinawa, and New York to look for what is keeping them from succumbing to the usual foibles of old age. So far, one gene variant of FOXO3A seems to double or triple a person's odds of seeing their 100th birthday. The Scripps Research Institute is recruiting 2,000 healthy people over 80 years old to compare their genomes to those of people who died of age-related illnesses before reaching 80.

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.