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George, Craig, and Freeman Walk into a Bar ...

Blaine Bettinger has a post on his blog today about a high-minded meeting that took place a few weeks ago. Called the Annual Edge Event (organized by the Edge Foundation), the meeting hosted George Church, Freeman Dyson, J. Craig Venter, Robert Shapiro, Dimitar Sasselov, and Seth Lloyd to discuss the topic "Life: What a Concept!"

While GTO wishes we could've been a fly on the wall for the actual event, we'll have to satisfy ourselves by seeing the talks and reading summaries online. Bettinger especially liked Church's session: "Although Dr. Church doesn’t discuss the Personal Genome Project, his brief discussion about our past and our future is very interesting," he writes.

 

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.