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Consider It Judah Folkman's Last Gift

Over at Periodic Tabloid, Tom Tritton blogs about the potential resurrection of a promising anti-cancer drug compound known as TNP-470. While it was once considered "a miracle drug in the making," Tritton writes, the compound proved to be neurotoxic. But a new paper in Nature Biotech -- the late Judah Folkman is senior author -- suggests that "hooking the drug to nanopolymeric micelles" keeps all the upside of the compound while shedding the toxicity problems (in mice, anyway). GTO will keep its fingers crossed.

 

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.