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Diabetes Gets the Genome Treatment

A genome-wide analysis of patients with type 2 diabetes has been completed and made publicly available. The data is a result of a collaborative study begun in 2004 at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard,
LundUniversity , and Novartis to determine the genetic links to type 2 diabetes. The study is part of the Diabetes Genetics Initiative (DGI), an international collaboration that aims to unlock the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes.

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.