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All Personal Genomics, All the Time

The Consumer Genetics Show has kicked off in Boston. Tech Review says that it is focusing on "what's possible with today's technology, as well as grapple with the controversies that have grown along with the field." According to Robert Green, one of the organizers and a neurologist at Boston University, "the most important issues in consumer genomics are around consumer utility and whether the kind of information available right now is useful to consumers medically and personally, and whether it has any potential for harm, either through misleading people, misunderstanding, or false reassurance."

Steve Murphy at the Gene Sherpa adds that Dan Vorhaus, genomicslawyer, is covering the conference on Twitter at #CGS.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.