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Hold On Tight to Your Water Glasses

At Reason, Ronald Bailey says the price tag of genome screening is getting so low that he says he's surprised that no one has surreptitiously taken a celebrity's water glass and sold it to a tabloid to be screened. Drawing on Robert Green and George Annas' New England Journal of Medicine article, Bailey also wonders how widespread genetic screening will affect politicians. He doesn't see how genetic risk could disqualify anyone for office, particularly if the public is conversant in interpreting genetic risks. "In any case, politicians, celebrities, and the rest of us should get ready for a world in which our DNA can be screened by anybody at anytime," he writes.

 

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.