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A Clue to the Vagaries of the Dopamine Receptor

Scientific American offers an article on recent research from Ohio State University that may turn out to be a biomarker that could help physicians prescribe the best antipsychotic drug for a patient with a mental illness. The research team found SNPs and other variation in the gene that codes for a receptor for dopamine, which could help explain why patients have long shown very different reactions to antipsychotic drugs.

 

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.