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Confirmed

Earlier this week, bloggers discussed the rumored closure of the National Center for Biotechnology Information's Short Read Archive repository. NCBI has confirmed that it will discontinue the SRA, as well as its Trace Archive and Peptidome repositories. "Over the next few weeks, we will phase out the [Peptidome] online browser, query, and display interface," NCBI says, though it adds that "all existing data and metadata files will continue to be made available from our ftp server indefinitely." As for the SRA and Trace Archive databases, NCBI says that "closure … will occur in phases." In the coming weeks, SRA and Trace will stop accepting certain submissions, and within the next 12 months, it will no longer accept any submissions. During that time, "NCBI will be working with staff from NIH Institutes that fund large-scale sequencing efforts to develop an approach for future access to and storage of the existing data," the agency says, adding that it intends to continue its support for the development of "information resources for biological data derived from next-generation sequencing." NCBI suggests that investigators deposit their sequence assemblies and gene expression data to a variety of repositories, including the Gene Expression Ombnibus; dbVar, dbGap, and dbSNP; and GenBank, among others.

At our sister publication BioInform, Uduak Grace Thomas has more from NCBI's David Lipman.

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.