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At Least Wait for a Heavily Discounted Version Before Buying

Craig Venter may not care about this, but you might consider it before buying your very own copy of his memoir, A Life Decoded. According to a very negative book review in the Washington Post, the book is based on a "fascinating idea: to blend the introspection and storytelling of a traditional memoir with powerful new insights into the interplay between genes and personal history. But it's that very promise that makes the book's failure on both counts such a disappointment." As reviewer Thomas Hayden sums up, the book is mostly "an exercise in legacy-burnishing and blame-casting, and in naming an impressive number of Nobel laureates."


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.