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Get While the Gettin's Good

Two years after Pfizer closed its 175-acre research complex in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan has bought it for $108 million. "The price was right," says Stephen Forrest, vice president for research, in an article at The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university hopes to expand its research programs, possibly creating at least 2,000 new jobs over the next decade. Most of the money to acquire the site will come from the University of Michigan Health System's reserves; the rest will come from the university's investments, says the story.

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.