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All Things 23andMe

Russ Altman blogs about his "first official 'post-genomic' personal moment." An advisor to 23andMe, Altman has his genotype information from the company and found himself looking up particular alleles after reading a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine about genetic variation in statin response. "In about 30 seconds I went from reading an article of potential interest to checking my genotype and drawing a preliminary conclusion about my own future actions," Altman writes. "I anticipate we all will have more of these moments, but I must say it was quite quick, informative, even fun."

Meanwhile, here's a Tech Review interview with 23andMe co-founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki. They discuss how customers can share genomic information with each other, how the data can be used to make medical decisions, and more.


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.