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Linnaeus, Meet the Web

Announcing their plans in May to build an online Encyclopedia of Life, evolutionary biologists hope to create a comprehensive, online catalog of the genome and phylogeny of all known species on the planet. Wired magazine interviews Harvard evolutionary biologist James Hanken, who will lead Harvard's role in rehauling the centuries-old system of Linnaeus (who happens to celebrate his 300th birthday today!).

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.