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Licensing, Creative Commons, and Other Metaphors You Never Considered for Your Genome

Creative commons licensing is in the air -- or at least in the blogosphere. A few blogs have written about licensing data or even your genome recently. Deepak Singh at BBGM contends that all "data needs to be licensed in some form, even if it’s open," though he acknowledges that while licensing data from papers is pretty straightforward, he's not sure how scientists would deal with the source data, such as "intensities from a microarray experiment."

Meanwhile, over at his Personal Genome blog, Jason Bobe poses the question, "Can a personal genome sequence get a creative commons license?" (No.) Bobe says, "The reason it will not work is because there is no clear legal foundation to build a license on top of when it comes to sequence data."

 

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.