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Hoping for Quicker Results

Quickly and cheaply is the goal of Pathogenica, a start-up that proposes to diagnose diseases using sequencing technology, reports MIT's Technology Review. By the end of 2012, the company hopes to have an FDA-approved product to detect the bacteria behind urinary tract infections, all for $10 a test. "The majority [of current tests] require days to get a result, which is frequently too late," says Columbia University's Ian Lipkin, who is on Pathogenica's board, to Tech Review.

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.