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$100,000 Ain't Bad

A post at The Tree of Life from Jonathan Eisen reminds readers about the upcoming application deadline for grand challenge grants from the Gates Foundation. The initiative will dole out $100 million, with initial grants of $100,000 each, and anyone can apply for funding. Topics include protection against infectious diseases; low-cost diagnostics for global health conditions; advances in mucosal immunity; and new approaches to contraception. The deadline for the program is Nov. 2.

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.