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That's All You Have to Do?

There are three options available for people to get a look into their genomic profile, says a how-to wiki over at Wired. The first two options, going to a genetic counselor or going through a company, are described in brief in favor of a five-step DIY-approach to genome sequencing. All you have to do, according to the wiki, is swab a cheek, buy a couple of kits, PCR machine, and a sequencer and you're off to the races. Matt Mealiffe, at DNA and You, blogs, "I think the world of Wired, but in case it is not clear to the early adopters out there... Wired is probably not where you want to get your medical advice."

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.