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"Literacula" Makes Us Laugh

Over at My Biotech Life, Ricardo Vidal posts an interview with Mendeley co-founder Victor Henning, who discusses the history and concept behind the software tool. As Henning describes it, Mendeley is "a combination of desktop software and social network for managing and sharing academic papers, with research statistics, recommendation engines, and an open, semantic research paper database coming down the road." Vidal says he's found it useful in organizing his thesis research.

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.