Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

It Does Matter...

At Omics! Omics! Keith Robison notes that some papers using Illumina sequencing don't include the read length used in the project and he adds that he'd like to see papers include error statistics by read position. He says including read length is interesting for two reasons: "First, it's useful for estimating what can be done with the technology, and second since read lengths have been increasing it is an interesting guesstimate of when an experiment was done." As for error statistics, Robison says that labs should be monitoring that information anyway and that "it also serves as an important reminder to consider the quality in how you are using the data.

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.