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The Future of Science

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Discover Magazine invited 11 prominent researchers to share their views of what the next 30 years of science will bring. The Global Health Program's Tachi Yamada says he hopes access to life-saving technology will become more widespread, particularly for the poor. Biologist Ian Wilmut wants to be able to control degenerative diseases like Parkinson's and heart disease. Climatologist Ken Caldeira hopes we can start to produce a chemical fuel from sunlight, while neurologist Oliver Sacks says we should focus on figuring out the brain's functional aspects.

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.