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It's Actually a Compliment. We Swear.

After Newsweek and Eisen, it seems that it's officially list season. To continue the trend, here's a post from BayBlab on "6 badass scientists" that clash with the stereotype of "a skinny, pasty white nerd, with thick glasses, no sense of fashion and an absent-minded, self-effacing personality." First on the list is the go-to maverick biologist (that's right, GTO finally used the phrase) Craig Venter. While most sentiments look like this -- "Not only did he manage to sequence the first entire genome of an organism (Haemophilus influenzae), but he didn't stop there and decided to tackle the human genome head-on with a company, for which he raised $1B in a single day on wall street" -- continue reading to get to this gem: "He is also a gigantic pompous prick."

 

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.