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Chinese Gov t Allows Takara Bio to Import Research Products

NEW YORK, March 30 (GenomeWeb News) - The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has allowed Japanese biotech Takara Bio subsidiary Takara Biomedical Technology to import wholesale lab equipment and reagents for biological research.


On April 1, Takara Biomedical Technology will sell to China wholesale products offered by two other Takara Bio subsidiaries, Takara Biotechnology and Clontech, the company said. Takara Biomedical Technology will also export bioscience products manufactured in China, the company added.

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.