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Will Scott Bakula Take the Quantum Leap with Biology?

When Newtonian physics was replaced with relativity and quantum mechanics, many people weren't able to keep up, says the Guardian's Robin McKie at the Notes & Theories blog. Now Paul Nurse says biology is facing a similar change from the commonsense to the "incomprehensible." The "simplicity" of biology which explains how genes work and how bacteria and viruses cause disease is about to be replaced by a more complex study of how the body processes information, how cells communicate with each other, and how homeostasis works, McKie says. Nurse adds that looking into these networks will show "a strange, counterintuitive world" that will change the way biology is studied, but that the step is necessary for learning the way nature works.

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.