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The Ensembl Ensemble, on the Road

Haven't had a chance to visit Hinxton lately? Not to worry. Ensembl's outreach team will be busy at the start of 2009, with a number of demos and workshops planned. The group's January schedule has been posted here, and includes appearances at the Plant and Animal Genome meeting in San Diego and the MIT Career Fair in Boston.

 

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.