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No Matter Which Way You Slice It, You're Still Paying For It

At Omics! Omics! Keith Robison wonders if it will be possible to use flexible medical spending accounts to pay for DNA testing. Since this benefit, provided by his employer, allows him to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax dollars from each paycheck to later be used to pay for medical expenses, he questions whether personal genomics companies have put any thought into it. "For if these funds are available, then that is a ready pot of money which might be spent," he writes.

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.