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Biomarkers Going Mainstream

In a Wall Street Journal article today, columnist Sharon Begley introduces readers to the concept of biomarker tests. The hope and hype are both familiar to the scientific community but, until recently, have remained under the radar of the general public.

While Begley's article makes it clear that biomarkers are not yet ready for primetime, the question for this community is, how close are we? As this kind of information reaches consumers, questions will follow -- and it's not clear whether scientists, clinicians, and regulators have the necessary answers yet. What's needed to get on track to not only get biomarkers into mainstream medicine, but to prepare the mainstream audience for this new tool?


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.