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A Great Big "Nein!" to DTC Genetic Testing

Germany passed a law severely limiting genetic testing, according to this news report. "Health Minister Ulla Schmidt welcomed the new law as a crucial step in protecting the rights of patients. She said that after 10 years of discussions a legal framework had been put in place that would prevent the abuse of sensitive personal data," the article says.

In this commentary, PHG Foundation parses out the new law, which says "genetic tests can only be carried out by a licensed doctor following the patient's consent" -- essentially outlawing direct-to-consumer testing in the country. The foundation contends the law represents a "regressive and paternalistic approach that takes genetic exceptionalism to an extreme not seen in other jurisdictions."

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.