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Linus Torvalds, Making New Friends

Two nonprofit groups will merge to form the Linux Foundation, an organization that aims to promote standards and defend the operating system against IP lawsuits, according to this article in the Mercury News. The Free Standards Group and the Open Source Development Labs, where Linus Torvalds works, will come together under the leadership of Jim Zemlin.

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.