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Agilent Technologies: May 27, 2008

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Agilent Technologies last week launched its Oligonucleotide Array CGH chicken
microarray.
 
The 244,000-feature array is designed for researchers who wish to study copy number variation in chickens. Agilent has plans to commercialize additional model organism arrays throughout the rest of the year (see BAN 5/6/2008).

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.