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Databricks Unified Analytics Platform for Genomics

Databricks has launched the Databricks Unified Analytics Platform for Genomics. The cloud-based platform provides collaborative workspaces prebuilt with genomic pipelines and tertiary analytics optimized to run at massive scale. Healthcare and life science organizations can easily build, scale, and deploy critical genomic analytics and machine learning models in minutes, Databricks noted. The platform also enables these organizations to process and analyze large-scale genomics data up to 100X faster than existing solutions, the company claimed.

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.