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All in Pretty Colors

Bertalan Meskó points out a few new genomics tools on his ScienceRoll blog. Martin Krzywinski has three tools that Meskó likes. Circos can be used to visualize alignments; the genome coverage simulation shows how a genome would be covered by mapping or sequencing; and another visualizes genomic sequence assemblies in color. Lastly, he links to the Broad's Integrative Genomics Viewer which he likens to a Google Map.

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.