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Magic-BLAST 1.2.0

Version 1.2.0 of the BLAST RNA-seq mapping tool, Magic-BLAST is now available. The new release allows researchers to handle multiple SRA accessions, offers improved splice site detection, and multi-threading performance. The update also fixes issues with macOS installation. The release are available here, and the executables are available here.

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.