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If You Build It ... Well, Then You've Got to Convince Them to Come

At his Personal Genome blog, Jason Bobe has a post on what it's going to take to make people willing to get their genome sequenced and then share the data. His "roadmap to willingness" has three parts: to succeed, he writes, "personal genomics needs to be cheap (feasible), useful (desirable), and safe (viable)." Where all three of those components can be found together, he says, there's a good chance for personal genomics to take off.

 

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.