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Who's Paying For This?

Comparative effectiveness research is necessary so physicians, researchers, and patients, know how different drugs stack up against each other, says Forbes' Avik Roy on The Apothecary blog. While the private sector spends billions of dollars a year on such research, Roy says that NIH also has a role to play in funding. For certain types of studies that pit two companies' drugs against each other, it is necessary to get another source of funding as either company would be reluctant to pay for a trial that might end up damaging its drug's reputation. So who should pay for this research? That's the big question, Roy adds.

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.