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Genetic Testing! The Solution to All Your Parenting Woes!

PZ Myers got sent a link to My Gene Profile — the site's tagline is "Our Technology Spawned from Human Genome Project led by US Scientists. The Industry is Featured by CNN, CBS News." The video there says that their service can discover children's "inborn talents" and, from identifying that, customers' children will be happier and more confident and "parenting problems will disappear." Or as Myers puts it: "What you'll find there is a long video where the lowlife in a suit talks about how your children have in-built genetic biases."

Daniel MacArthur also caught wind of the site. He calls it "the most aggressively bad attempt at a genetic testing product I have ever encountered, coupled with a truly horrific attitude to parenting." He and Myers remind everyone that this is a scam.

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.