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Reimbursement Won't Help If They're Not Covered

The name of the game for pharmacogenomics is reimbursement: your diagnostic or therapeutic won't mean much if no one can pay for it. So it's a matter of concern for everyone that in the US alone, 45 million people have no health insurance. This interactive graphic from the Wall Street Journal provides information about how several states have new plans to tackle the problem.

 

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.