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Don't Miss the Trolleys

The AAAS annual meeting kicks off today in
San Francisco
with an address by President John Holdren, who is director of the Woods Hole Research Center and a professor at Harvard as well. The meeting lasts five days, and this year's theme is "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being."

The conference brings together an interdisciplinary motherload of scientists, engineers, and technologists for lectures on topics ranging from climate change to nanotechnology HIV.  Google’s Larry Page will be there to give a plenary lecture on Friday night, as will the team from the infamous Annals of Improbable Research.

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.