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Just Think of Them as Little Helpers

Granted, it's buried on page A10, but it's there: a story about the human microbiome in the Wall Street Journal. The article parses out the concept of humans harboring microbial colonies (and why that's not something to be afraid of) and how that's changing commonly held views about the way the immune system functions. "Only in the past decade, aided by advances in genetic technology, were scientists able to grasp the magnitude of our resident microbial population," the article says.


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.