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A Whole Lotta Personal Genomes

It's a big day for the Personal Genome Project volunteers, as Technology Review points out, because for the first time they'll be "granted a glimpse at their genomes ... as part of the first release of data." That data will be submitted to a database that PGP leader George Church hopes "will serve as a public resource for personal-genomics research," the article reports. This article from the New York Times also reports on the release, and offers more comments from critics of the project.

In quasi-related news, here's a story from the Duke Chronicle about participants in the Duke Personal Variome Project, which is providing genomic data and studying "why people choose to have their genomes examined and how they react to the information they receive," the article says. Hunt Willard is quoted as saying, "This is a social revolution that people are going to have to wrap their heads around." Results of the project are expected to be published next month.

 

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.