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From the Beginning, They Weren't Going to Be Bossed Around By Humans

From the New York Times, here's an article on the ancestry of domestic cats, based on a DNA study performed by NCI scientists. The team traced all modern housecats back to five matriarch cats who lived some 10,000 years ago. "Unlike other domestic animals, which were tamed by people, cats probably domesticated themselves, which could account for the haughty independence of their descendants," the article says.

Here at the feline-friendly GTO, we take issue with people who think cats are haughty. You just have to know your place around them, that's all.

 

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.