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A Long Way to Go, But Making Strides

David Dooling at PolITiGenomics blogs about the cancer-related efforts going on at Washington University's genome center. He discusses both the Tumor Sequencing Project and The Cancer Genome Atlas, noting that "we need a better molecular, DNA-level understanding of the many diseases collectively called cancer." He adds, "These cancer sequencing efforts, especially whole-genome cancer sequencing, are increasing our understanding of cancer at a very rapid pace, laying the groundwork for more individualized approaches to treatment."

 

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.