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Extreme Genomics, Not Unlike Extreme Skateboarding

A Tech Review blog post discusses the work of Richard Lifton, who studies human outliers, so-called "extreme phenotypes" -- including a man with extremely high bone density. Lifton found a link to bone density with a mutation in the LDL-related receptor protein 5 gene and, now, a drug targeting part of that molecular pathway is in clinical testing to treat osteoporosis.

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.