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No Mention of a Consolation Prize for Navigenics

This should quash any hopes you had that the 23andMe hype was dying down. Time magazine named the company's genome scan service as the 2008 Invention of the Year, crediting the firm with "pioneering retail genomics."

While Genetic Genealogist Blaine Bettinger congratulates 23andMe on the award, Larry Moran at Sandwalk takes issue with it. He contends that the technology has been around for years, so it really can't be considered an "invention"; he also charges that "there are serious ethical concerns about genetic testing that have not been resolved."


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.