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Death to Insurance?

Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future wonders if genetic testing will bring about the demise of private insurance companies, particularly in countries with public healthcare systems. The thinking goes that if people do not have to share genetic testing information with private insurers (as is the case in the UK until 2014), people who think they will fall ill will buy private insurance and the healthy others will rely on the public system. Then, the insurance premiums will skyrocket and the system will collapse.

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.