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Genes Before Beer ... Not in the Clear?

In a feature article in the April issue of Scientific American, psychiatric geneticists examine the progress made in studying the genetic factors behind alcoholism. Two researchers with the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism provide a detailed roundup of all the genes that have so far been linked to alcoholism, and examine what role genetic testing might play in the near future in prescribing more targeted treatments.

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.