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Sophia Genetics' SECRAM

Sophia Genetics and collaborators at Stanford University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have released a new privacy technology for securely storing compressed, aligned genomic data and clinical data. According to the developers, the solution uses 18 percent less storage than existing methods and prevents unsolicited use of personal data by unauthorized parties. Full details of the technology, named Selective retrieval on Encrypted and Compressed Reference-oriented Alignment Map (SECRAM), are provided in a paper that was published recently in Genome Research. The partners have also made the software available on github.

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.