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Bravo, Beamline

BBC reports that the European Light Source, a synchrotron based in Grenoble, France, is due for a £150 million upgrade. (That's some facelift.) Synchrotrons, a key large-scale tool in determining protein structure, "have become the must-have science facility in recent years," the news article says. The planned improvements are expected to take seven years to complete. "The upgrade is intended to maintain its flagship status in Europe, and protect its global competiveness in the context of the enhancements also planned for the top US (the Advanced Photon Source) and Japanese (The Super Photon Ring) machines," BBC says.


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.