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Into the Breach

Increasingly, academic intuitions have programs to help professors make the jump from interesting idea to business opportunity, reports the New York Times. The first such "matchmaking" center was the William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California, San Diego, and it has helped 26 companies get off the ground and brought in $87 million, the Times says. "Many of the great ideas get stuck in labs because scientists don't have access to the kind of ecosystem" such centers have, says Amy Salzhauer, a founder of Ignition Ventures. "This is a way to better harvest those ideas."

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.