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New Products: Gentris' Pharmacogenomics Services

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Gentris will now offer Affymetrix's DMET Plus as one of its pharmacogenomics services. The Morrisville, NC-based firm said that it recently integrated Affy's GCS3000 platform into its CLIA-certified laboratory and has already commenced a number of clinical studies, including oncology clinical trials, using the DMET Plus assay. DMET Plus allows drug developers to understand how variations in drug metabolism enzymes and drug transporters between patients affects adverse drug responses and treatment efficacy.

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.