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Getting Personal: Feb 10, 2009

As our Daily News team reports, the US Food and Drug Administration is creating a new position to focus on genomics-related programs. Liz Mansfield, who has worked on science policy in the past, will fill the new post. Over at Science Progress, Michael Rugnetta says, "The position is significant because it heralds the FDA's focus on developing approaches to personalized medicine." However, Rugnetta later adds that the US healthcare system is a long ways away from incorporating personalized medicine into everyday clinical care. Two initiatives that he says are needed to see that day are the "adoption of digital health records and a reformed reimbursement process that rewards positive clinical outcomes instead of just additional procedures and tests."

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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.