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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Clinic

In 10 years, NHGRI hopes to take DNA sequencers from the lab to the clinic, but some companies think 10 years isn't soon enough, says Forbes' Matthew Herper. Illumina's Jay Flatley has already talked about getting regulatory approval "to use his technology for medical purposes," Herper says. And even though regulatory approval — whether of the sequencers themselves or the interpretation of the sequence is unclear — is only the first hurdle. Companies such as Illumina would still have reimbursement issues and other problems to solve before installing sequencers in every hospital.

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.