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The Bad Seed

A particular seed for long-grain rice, while not developed as a genetically modified plant, is showing "possible traces of unapproved genetic material," according to this wire report. The US Department of Agriculture is working to prevent planting and distribution of the seed.

Hey, we here at GTO don't approve of all of our genetic material (thanks for the big feet, Dad). Anything the USDA can do for us?

 

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.