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Getting to the Bottom of Cancer

Cancer is this era's scourge, and The Economist has a couple of articles on how stem cells can be targeted in tumors. Since most tumors have been found to contain both tumor cells and stem cells, scientists in both basic and clinical labs are using this knowledge to alter their research, opening up to "new ways of thinking about and treating the cancers."

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.