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Whew! That's an 8.2 on the Gene Association Scale

Jason Bobe blogs at The Personal Genome about an idea for a kind of open source application by which both experts and the general public could help to create a Richter scale for genome association study data. The scale would score each association with a number from 1 to 10, Bobe suggests, based on certain criteria such as penetrance, actionability, and validity. Scoring guidelines could include having more than one scale, transparency – as he puts it, "No secret sauce or private algorithms" – and utilizing existing resources to examine all this data.

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.