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Death of a Renaissance Man

Elkan Blout, a Harvard biochemist who wore many hats in his professional life, died of pneumonia this week, reports the New York Times. Blout’s initial academic work in developing optical tools for studying protein chemistry led him to Polaroid’s research labs, where he refined the chemical process for instant snapshots. From there, he moved on to Harvard to take up research and administration, and later became a senior advisor for science at the FDA.

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.