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Uncertain or Uninformed?

Pointing to a recent NPR story, Eye on DNA's Hsien-Hsien Lei says that ambiguous genetic test results do occur and that as more people without family history of disease take genetic tests, the rate of ambiguous test results will rise. Ambiguous results, she says, can be due to uncertainty in the role of their polymorphism in disease or due to inaccurate tests. What's really up in the air, though, is whether ambiguous results are preferable to no results.

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.