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Arrayit Lands CDC Contract

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Arrayit said today that it has won a competitive contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use of the company's microarray platform for biothreat response technologies.

The CDC will use the Arrayit microarray manufacturing platform to create microarrays for use in combating infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria, which could be used in terrorist attacks.

Financial terms of the contract were not released.

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.