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An Array of Goodies from the New York Times

Today's New York Times science section is a treasure trove for GTO readers. Here's an update on recent findings that may explain why BRCA1 mutations can lead to such aggressive breast cancer -- apparently the gene inactivates a key tumor suppressor gene. In other gene breakthroughs, this article covers work that offers a genetic explanation for how planaria worms can tell which part of themselves to regenerate after an injury. Last but not least, here's a profile of Shinya Yamanaka, the Kyoto-based researcher who recently demonstrated the ability to turn adult skin cells into seemingly pluripotent stem cells.

 

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.