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Synthetic Organisms in Space

Synthetic organisms may come in handy for space travel and colonization, says graduate student John Cumbers from NASA's Ames Research Center. He tells Astrobiology Magazine that synthetic organisms could help cut down on what astronauts would have to pack. "If we have this new technology where we can take the complete genome of an organism and send it into space — and can have that single cell replicate from the resources it finds around it rather than resources we've taken with us — then we've started to tackle the problem," Cumbers says.

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.