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If It Comes Down to Soldiers vs. Finches, Darwin Might Be in Trouble

Now here's a cover story you didn't see coming: Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin, battling it out for top billing. In the Newsweek article, the question is, which man was more important? (And if you're wondering about the strange choice of contenders, Lincoln and Darwin were chosen because they share the same birth date: Feb. 12, 1809.) "The scientist and the politician each touched off a revolution that changed the world," the story says. GTO can't say any more about it, because we don't want to spoil the ending.

 

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.