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Laughing at DNA? Seriously, It Could Happen to You

He may have already gone through Francis Collins and Craig Venter, but Stephen Colbert outdid himself for our community last night with a full half-hour special called "DNA: Could It Happen to You?" Spencer Wells, who heads up the National Genographic Project, was a guest on the show and seemed to enjoy his stint teaching Colbert about haplogroups. If you've got a few minutes, be sure to check out this video of Wells' visit -- and if you have a little more time, check out this list of recent videos to see the full complement of DNA-based comedy from last night's show.

 

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.