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And We Used to Think Spitting Showed Bad Manners

Never thought we'd see the day that 23andMe would make it into the New York Times Style section -- but then again, we couldn't have predicted that "spit parties" would one day be enough of a trend to gather Diane von Furstenberg, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, and other celebrities. "Some people might fear a world where widespread DNA testing would remove the mysteries of their futures or even strip them of privacy," the article says. But 23andMe "wants people to think of their genomes as a basis for social networking."


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.