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SoftGenetics has added a barcode tool to its second-generation sequence analysis software, NextGene. The new tool is compatible with data generated by the
Applied Biosystems SOLiD system, Illumina Genome Analyzer, and Roche/454 Life Sciences Genome Sequencer FLX, including 454's recent Titanium upgrade. Following barcode sorting, the software performs various analyses, including SNP/indel detection, SAGE, and de novo assembly.

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.