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BD Biosciences of Billerica, Mass., announced the launch of its BD Pin Tool. The new pin tool fastens to 96- or 384-well fluid handlers, like a standard set of pipette tips. According to the firm, the new product allows for rapid and reliable transfer of both microliter and nanoliter quantites without requiring an intermediate dilution step. Integrated Genomics and Ariadne Genomics have launched Metabolic Vision, a microbial metabolic pathway database that combines Ariadne’s PathwayAssist’s athway analysis software with Integrated Genomics’ ERGO database of more than 600 curated genomes. The database is available as a module for PathwayAssist customers.

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.