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The Price of Knowledge

In the very early days of genetic testing, opponents argued that knowing about a gene-related susceptibility to a disease that couldn't be cured was far worse than ignorance. An article from the New York Times this weekend takes up that very debate in a profile of a young woman who finds out that she has the gene for Huntington's disease. "What runs in your own family, and would you want to know?" asks Nancy Wexler in the story, noting that this will become more of an issue as genetic testing becomes more prevalent.

 

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.