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Cell Watchers

The Broad Institute has received a $32.5 million grant from the Klarman Family Foundation to open the Klarman Cell Observatory, a project focused on "deciphering how human cells are wired," an institute press release says. The Broad's Eric Lander says the project will create "a complete catalog of cell circuitry." This could help researchers understand how cells make "biological decisions" in their healthy and diseased states, the Broad adds, and may also help in the creation of new treatments and therapies. The Observatory "will foster groundbreaking discoveries and technological advances in cell circuit research. It will continue to propel advances in the experimental and computational methods needed to understand cell circuitry, and establish their broad applicability by studying a variety of cell type," the Broad says. Since much of what is known about cell circuitry comes from simple organisms like yeast and bacteria, the Observatory will focus on the cells of more complex organisms like humans and other mammals. The project will be led by Aviv Regev, the press release adds.

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.