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Like the Kevin Bacon Game, But More Depressing

With all the people, foundations, and their beneficiaries (PDF file) that have lost money to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, John Fossella at Genes to Brains to Mental Health wondered what his institution's exposure was. Using a relationship tracking tool from Muckety, Fossella found one connection between Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Madoff, a person who is a trustee and patron for both MSSM and Yeshiva University, which lost a reported $110 million. Fosella adds that he has no way of really knowing his school's exposure and writes, "I wonder if the trustees do."

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.