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Just a Complication

Data integration is such a headache, Neil Saunders blogs at What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate, because people have gotten wrapped up in collecting all possible data. "We've become so wrapped up in the minutiae of individual types of biological data that we've forgotten how it all fits together – or the point of collecting it all in the first place," he says. Instead, Saunders says simple descriptions of an experiment should be used. "My current model is called the feature-probe-value approach," he says, adding that his "hope is that storing data using this simple model should make it much easier to mine and analyse."

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.