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A Bit of the Spotlight

William Astbury worked with hairdressers to understand the molecular properties of hair that allowed for perms, and he took a crack at the structure of DNA, having taken X-ray pictures of it 15 years before James Watson and Francis Crick saw one. "He got pretty close, but there were aspects to the DNA puzzle which he could not have solved in 1938," says Bruce Turnbull at Leeds University in the Guardian. "Later scientists built on his work and his 'pile of pennies' description of DNA was not so far from the answer they correctly described, the double helix," he adds. Astbury is now being honored by the UK's Royal Society and with an exhibition in a Leeds museum.

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.