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Privacy Worries

The Guardian reports that only one in 10 people invited to take part in the UK's Biobank project are signing up due in part to privacy concerns. The goal of the project is to follow and collect medical data from a half a million Britons between the ages of 40 and 69 to study the influence of environment, genes, and lifestyle on disease risk. Anonymous data from the study will be entered into a database that approved researchers can access. A report from the Biobank ethics councils says that potential participants are worried that their information will be shared with companies.


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.