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Circulogene BRCA1/2 Testing

Circulogene has included somatic BRCA1 and BRCA2 blood testing to its testing menu. The addition of somatic BRCA1/2 testing allows the company to perform paired somatic and germline testing, the Birmingham, Alabama-based molecular diagnostics firm said. The paired testing is a single blood-tube test that can detect acquired mutations and inherited variants in patients with advanced breast, ovarian, and other cancers.

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.