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All About George

George Church graces the August issue of Wired to discuss his personal genome project. The article follows Church's career, including him sitting in front of a teletype in 1967 and up to the development of the Polonator. The PGP allowed what Church calls his "year of convergence" -- when the different threads of his career, as a geneticist, technologist, and synthetic biologist, wove together. He also sees genomics as a source of inspiration. "We need to inspire our current youth in a way that outer space exploration inspired us in 1960. We're seeing signs that knowing about our inner space is very compelling." Jason Bobe posts a copy of the article on his blog.

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.