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Changing Your Destiny With George Church

In Newsweek, George Church writes that the message that people get from knowing their genomes "is not 'Here's your destiny. Get used to it!' Instead, it's 'Here's your destiny, and you can do something about it!'" Though pharmacogenomics is in its early days, Church points out that it is already being used to help patients. Furthermore, he adds that cheaper genomics will not only change the course of biological research, but also bestow benefits upon the public as a whole. "When the personal genomes and medical histories from much larger numbers of people become available, we expect much greater progress in identifying rare genetic variations that cause common diseases like cancer and heart disease," he writes.

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.