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Database Time of the Season


Late last month, the National Cancer Institute and Nature Publishing Group launched the Pathway Interaction Database, the latest signalling pathway database in town. Yesterday, the National Library of Medicine announced the release of dbGAP, a database developed by the
Center for Biotechnology. Designed to be a one-stop shop for looking at data from genome-wide association studies, the database includes statistical association info between genes and selected phenotypes. So far, dbGaP contains data from a National Eye Institute study on age-related macular degeneration, as well as a NINDS-supported study on Parkinson’s disease. DbGAP is slated to also house data generated by the Genetic Association Information Network, a public-private partnership launched earlier this year.



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.