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Step Away from the Dartboard

A column in today's New York Times from Richard Friedman at the Weill Cornell Medical College says that psychiatrists may be able to prescribe antidepressants based on patients' genetic variants. In the past, he notes, such drugs have been doled out with a "hit-or-miss approach" until they strike the right balance with the patient. But these new genetic indicators seem promising in their ability to stratify patients and guide the therapeutic choice.

 

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.