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Now Even the Hoi Polloi Are Being Sequenced. Sigh.

The community is aflutter with one of the field's worst-kept secrets: a consortium led by NHGRI, Sanger, and the Beijing Genomics Institute, finally announced its plans to study 1,000 genomes with new DNA sequencing technologies.

At Genetic Future, Daniel MacArthur blogs favorably on the project, though he notes that "the title of the project is actually pretty misleading - they won't be sequencing 1,000 complete genomes." (Complete genome sequence, whether at low quality or high, will be limited to fewer than 200 people, he says; the rest will likely be covered with exon sequencing.) Still, he says, "this project will have truly profound implications for research into human variation and disease."


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.