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Laying Out the Map

The Ohio State University has a white paper on personalized medicine that discusses the university's model for employing personalized medicine at its medical center. OSU will be taking a four-stage approach -- from discovery, particularly using a systems-based approach, to developing preclinical trials and experimental therapeutics to then implementing those new strategies, and finally to disease prevention strategies. The paper adds that to make personalized medicine a reality, support is needed from the federal and state levels. "We urge our legislative leaders and public officials to support the development of personalized health care as a long-term strategy in transforming health care in the United States," the paper says.

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.