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A New Book, A New Blog

Wired editor Thomas Goetz explains himself (for the silence of his blog over the past few months):  he's begun writing a book, to be called The Decision Tree, which will aim to "lend a clarity of purpose and vision" to personal genomics and personalized medicine. As individuals continue to take newfound charge of their own health, the field needs to be hashed out. Making use of risk factors, acting in collaboration, and taking early, predictive steps to prevent disease are all part of a whole new decision-making process, Goetz says. "This can be characterized as a decision tree, a series of informed choices we will make to minimize uncertainty and optimize our outcomes." He's also renamed his blog from Epidemix to The Decision Tree to better tie the book and his blog together.

Attila Chordash thinks he's the perfect person for the job, too, being both a journalist and public health scientist. "Back in the days his very early coverage on 23andMe … was actually the only serious insight on 23andMe."

 

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.