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But If the Patent Generates $1 Million, Maybe It's a Wash

Over at Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience, Steven Salzberg blogs about Robert Gallo and the Case of the Lost Nobel (as GTO likes to think of it). According to Salzberg, Gallo's snub for the prize this year may be traced back to the disputes on HIV-related patents. The events led to something of an international brouhaha. " If Gallo - whose work was all publicly funded by his employer, the NIH - simply hadn't filed for a patent, who knows how things would have turned out?" writes Salzberg.


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.