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Getting to Know the Gibbon

A new paper out in PLoS Genetics today outlines a high-resolution synteny map that illustrates disruptions between the human and gibbon genomes. Authors include Sanger's Jane Rogers, Baylor's Aleksandar Milosavljevic, and Pieter de Jong of the Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institute. The paper finds that synteny breakpoints between humans and gibbons, which are more divergent from humans than most other hominoid species, are indicative of regions that may have been "a common source of plasticity leading to a different outcome in the two species," according to the abstract.


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.