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Google: It's Here, It's There, It's Everywhere

If you like your news served with a side of hearsay, this post's for you. The UK's Business Weekly covers a report that says Google may be mulling a play in healthcare and disease management. The report highlights Internet searching as a means of disease monitoring, and points to early indicators that the mother of all search engines may be considering how it could get involved, according to the article. Here at GTO, we can picture it already: using Google Earth, you zoom in on the building or home you're planning to visit, and little icons pop up to tell you which illnesses are currently lurking in people there.

In more certain news, Google announced plans to unveil the beta version of Google Desktop for Linux users. Is it just us, or are the reasons to use Windows getting fewer and fewer?

 

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.