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It's What You Do With the Information

It's been ten years since scientists sequenced the Treponema pallidum bacterium, which causes syphilis. However, while at the time hailed as a milestone that would conquer the disease, having sequence information hasn't stopped the spread of syphilis. Scientific American interviews the CDC epidemiologist Hillard Weinstock on why he sees syphilis rates climbing since 2000 -- "We need to remember that in historical context, the number of syphilis cases we see today is relatively low," he says -- and how different epidemiological and social factors come into play.

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.