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Looking for a Fire Sale

The Wall Street Journal says to expect "an uptick in acquisitions of small and midsize drug companies" but that large pharma companies are "not going on reckless shopping sprees." Bristol-Myers' Karen LaRochelle said that many in Big Pharma do have a bit of cash "and there's a lot of pressure for us to build our pipelines." Merck's Richard Kender adds that, due to the current market, deals that in the past may have been deemed "marginal" are now more likely.

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.