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Locating a Sequencer, Redux

Over the summer, Cancer Research UK's James Hadfield set up a Google map showing where facilities housing next-gen sequencers were located. Now, he and the University of Birmingham's Nick Loman have updated that map, available here. The newer version allows users to filter results by sequencer type or country. "Perhaps most excitingly for stats-nerds, this is all database-driven so the long awaited league tables of sequencing platforms can be calculated automatically," Loman writes at his blog, adding that the tables aren't yet available as the map is first being checked for errors and omissions.

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.