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Personalized Genetic Tests in the Curriculum

In order to learn more about personalized genetic testing, some pathology residents at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston will be looking at their own DNA, says the Boston Globe. Mark Boguski, a professor of pathology, developed the class, which will include lectures and researching the science behind the tests, after having his own genes tested by three different companies. He says this will "prepare our trainees — not because the technology is ready for prime time today, but people are using it, and it's clear it's going to play a role in the future."

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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.