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Giving the Dog a Fighting Chance

Watching a companion, even a furry four-legged one, suffer from cancer is heartbreaking. An article in The Scientist recounts how Texas researchers developed a device to deliver plasmids containing growth hormone releasing hormone to dogs with cachexia that prevents them from being able to tolerate cancer treatments. More dogs that received GHRH survived cancer treatment than those that did not.

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.