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Optra Health OptraGuru 'Digital Genetic Assistant'

Optra Health has introduced OptraGuru, an Amazon Alexa-compatible "digital genetic assistant" that allows consumers and healthcare professionals alike to verbally query genetic data. Meant to provide context to consumer genetic tests like those from Ancestry.com and 23andMe, OptraGuru puts the Alexa personal digital assistant on the front end of Optra Health's iPhronesis machine-learning platform to help patients, genetic counselors, and bioinformaticians make sense of genetic test results in a conversational manner.

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.