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In the Archive

As the National Center for Biotechnology Information's Sequence Read Archive is to be shuttered, the editors at Genome Biology asked researchers give their views on the short-term and long-term impact of that closure as "there seems to be a certain amount of confusion in the community about what effect this decision will have." David Lipman from NCBI says that the agency thinks it can "support a static, unmonitored public archive for 12 months" and EBI's Paul Flicek adds that his institute mirrors the SRA data and it will be available there.

While the University of Maryland's Steven Salzberg says that centralized repositories are "far more efficient" than having data scattered about in different databases, others aren't hopeful that they can continue. The University of Colorado's Rob Knight says that "in some ways a central repository doesn't make sense" and that any repository may run into the same problems as SRA. And due to the sheer size of files, Yale's Mark Gerstein says that "the model of a central archive may need to be revisited and we may see in the future an increased use of cloud computing resources."

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.