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Proteomics to Play Role In New Stanford Center of Excellence for Early Cancer Detection

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Canary Foundation has pledged $7.5 million to Stanford University to help create a new center of excellence that will use proteomics tools to study early cancer detection.
Part of the pledge will also fund research conducted by Patrick Brown's lab at the school's Department of Molecular Biology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which uses microarrays to study how cancer cells survive and proliferate.
The San Jose, Calif.-based foundation said this week that Stanford's Department of Radiology will add another $4 million to the project, which will create a Center of Excellence for Cancer Early Detection. 
Beverly Mitchell, deputy director of the center, said it will engage in "promising" research in new proteomic methodologies, as well as nanotechnology and molecular imaging.
Mitchell said the research will involve "both creative science and clinical trials," and will use the available resources of the Stanford Medical School's clinical faculty.

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.