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Whew! That's an 8.2 on the Gene Association Scale

Jason Bobe blogs at The Personal Genome about an idea for a kind of open source application by which both experts and the general public could help to create a Richter scale for genome association study data. The scale would score each association with a number from 1 to 10, Bobe suggests, based on certain criteria such as penetrance, actionability, and validity. Scoring guidelines could include having more than one scale, transparency – as he puts it, "No secret sauce or private algorithms" – and utilizing existing resources to examine all this data.

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.