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Brouhaha at the Broad

Here at GTO, there's nothing that gets us more uppity than a Big Secret.

Something big is coming from the Broad Institute (click here for the ambiguous advance notice to the press). At a place where $200 million gifts get mostly a press release, we've been stewing over what it takes to bring together Eric Lander, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Eli and Edythe Broad, David Baltimore, and the presidents of Harvard and MIT for a joint announcement.

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.