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Cancer Run-Down

The cancer labs of Elizabeth Blackburn, Chad Mirkin, and Elaine Mardis and Rick Wilson get shout-outs in three US News & World Report articles. Blackburn is looking to exploit cancer cells' use of telomerase to engineer a way to kill the cells; she is also intrigued by lifestyle influences, such as exercise and nutrition, on telomerase levels. Mirkin's lab has developed nanoparticles that change color when they come in contact with certain proteins, such as ones associated with heart attack or prostate cancer. Finally, Mardis and Wilson are planning to sequence 150 cancer patients, focusing on people with leukemia, breast cancer, and lung cancers with the hope of finding what makes the tumors different so that tailored treatments can then be developed.

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.