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Jump on the Genome Testing Bandwagon

Decode Genetics is joining Navigenics and 23andMe in the genomic testing fray, reports the New York Times. Their new service, called deCODEme, will take a cheek swab and $985 to assess someone's disease risk, ancestry, and physiology by using SNP chips. "If people can go into this testing knowing what its limits are, and can take it with a grain of salt, that’s fine," the incoming president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors told the Times, though she warns, "But you have to be really careful about what you know and don’t know."

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.