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Another Chance to Chew the Fat Over Personalized Medicine

Bernard Lo, director of the Program in Medical Ethics at UCSF, has penned a piece pushing for the next federal administration to establish a National Bioethics Advisory Council. Now is the time to consider it, since the charter for the current Council on Bioethics expires next year and the incoming president will have the opportunity to form a new advisory body. "The new Council can identify policy options, explain their pros and cons, and make recommendations to policymakers," Lo writes at Science Progress, and one area that will require really solid advice is that of personalized medicine, including direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

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.