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'23andMe Saved My Life'

In a recent CBS News story, one woman says that the direct-to-consumer genetic testing services her husband ordered through 23andMe saved her life. Upon learning that she's a BRCA1 mutation carrier via 23andMe, 31-year-old Jill Steinberg underwent genetic counseling and had her test results confirmed before undergoing a double mastectomy. Over at his blog, her husband, Jon Steinberg, says that he ordered two DTC spit kits on DNA day and the couple "did this testing by chance." Since having learned that his wife was at an increased risk for developing breast cancer, "we've become huge advocates of it in conjunction with counseling, repeat testing, and a study of family history," he writes. Jill Steinberg, who as a carrier of the BRCA1 mutation is also at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, tells CBS News that she plans to have her ovaries removed once she's 35.

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.