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Bioinformaticists Are Always Popular on Career Day

Sandra Porter continues her series on careers in biotechnology, this time focusing on "life in a bioinformatics software company." For this post, Porter describes a bit of her personal experience at a bioinformatics company that has survived since 1997. At her company, people with varied backgrounds (molecular biology, software, programmers) bring different skills to the team. Again, she includes a nice flow chart to help explain it 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.