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The Beauty of Microfluidics

The journal Lab on a Chip has a new Web site for researchers to share their artistic "miniaturization/micro/nanofluidics" related pictures. "I am willing to bet that your hard drive contains at least one gorgeous image that will make me catch my breath. In fact, I contend that all our hard drives together contain more art than the Louvre and all the Guggenheims could possibly house, and it would be a shame if it remained in cyber-darkness," writes the University of Washington's Albert Folch and new Lab on a Chip Art Editor, in introducing the site. He adds that the site has a serious side, to show that science and art are compatible. "I know very few scientists that do not have a deep appreciation for painting and music, and fewer artists that do not feel a fascination for scientific phenomena," he says. Among the images already uploaded to the Flickr page are ones called "van Gogh's cells," "Paul Klee's autopsy," and "Microfluidic Butterfly."

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.