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All the Savvy People

Mostafa Abdellateef tells Susanne Cardwell at the Genome Alberta blog that he got into bioinformatics by taking a postgraduate course aimed at people with science backgrounds who wanted to expand their computational knowledge. Abdellateef, now at the Sun Center of Visual Genomics, is working on a project called Genozymes that aims to find proteins that can break down cellulose. "There is a key high throughput component in this project. We deal with large data sets. We are hoping to have 30 new fungal genomes sequenced and analyzed the end of the project," he says. Abdellateef adds that "bioinformatics is for people with a science background who consider themselves tech savvy."

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.