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How Do We Crack MRSA? Let Us Count the Cases

Over at Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter has a post on the news that the state of Washington is now requiring hospitals to report MRSA cases. (Yay! Perhaps with better reporting, all those genomic efforts to crack the drug-resistance issue will start to make major advances.) What really has Porter interested is the new online database that the public can use to find out a hospital's MRSA stats. While she notes that data can't be considered comprehensive at this point -- hospitals are not required to test all patients for MRSA, just to report the cases that come to their attention -- she says the effort to produce the database is "impressive" and that it may alleviate the problems that arise from institutions trying to police themselves.


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.