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Eric Lander, World's Hottest Researcher

Judging by citations in the Web of Science database, "genetics is still the hottest area of scientific research," says Thomson Reuters' Science Watch. Topping the authors on the most-cited list is Eric Lander, as he has 10 papers on the "hot list" — it is also Lander's seventh time on the list, according to Science Watch. Other researchers on the list include Francis Collins, Mark Daly, Richard Durbin, Kari Stefansson, and Rick Wilson. "Red-hot" papers from the last year include ones on exome sequencing, copy number variation, metagenomic sequencing of the gut microbiota, and more.

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.