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Congratulations, Dr. Chu

Word's out on who will lead the US Department of Energy -- home of the Joint Genome Institute -- in the Obama administration: physicist and Nobel laureate Steven Chu, according to this article in the New York Times. Chu is currently director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has been an advocate for biofuel research, among other things.

The news has been well received by bloggers. Adaptive Complexity's Michael White is thrilled to see a scientist named to a high-level position in the new administration, while James Hrynyshyn at Island of Doubt says he "can think of no better an American for the job."

 

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.