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At Least They Didn't Call it 'Spawn'

A New York Times article introduces Spore, a new video game that lets players model the step-by-step evolution of creatures they build. Created by Sims designer Will Wright and produced by game giant EA, Spore "promises much more than the day-to-day adventures of simulated people," writes Carl Zimmer.

"We wanted to convey the sense that evolution can bring up a surprising diversity of weird, interesting, strange things," Wright 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.