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All Hail Open Source

In a blog at Free Software Magazine, Gary Richmond writes an ode to "open source hero" Jim Kent. Much of the post, about Kent's key role in assembling the human genome for the public-sector consortium, will be a walk down memory lane for this field. But Richmond tells the story from the open source community's perspective, which has its own reasons for appreciating Kent's work.


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.