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All's Well That Ends Well for DTC?

New Scientist's Peter Aldhous says that "regulation could save genome scanning, not kill it," in a recent article. Aldhous argues that the recent "bruising" US Government Accountability Office hearing "doesn't have to be the end of the industry." In fact, he says, it could improve it if the firms "embrace sensible regulation." Aldhous also suggests that the Food and Drug Administration — if it deals regulation without too heavy a hand — "could help move the industry into the mainstream."

Meanwhile, ScienceRoll's Bertalan Meskó has posted a conversation with the president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Elizabeth Kearney. Kearney tells Meskó that "the NSGC would support regulation that requires the involvement of a qualified healthcare provider in ordering, interpreting, and delivering genetic information." Kearney also says that those who elect to purchase genetic testing ought to contact a genetic counselor beforehand. "The drawback of waiting to contact a genetic counselor until after ordering testing is that you may pay for genetic testing that is not helpful in answering your specific questions or may reveal alarming information that you weren't expecting to receive," she tells Meskó.

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.