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Magicians Call It Misdirection

Valleywag reports that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is giving money to 23andMe, his wife Anne Wojcicki's company, through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The post says that Brin have given a large donation to Fox's foundation and then the foundation gave a $600,000 grant to 23andMe for Parkinson's patients to sign up for the company's genetic-testing service. "Wojcicki described the approach in a Huffington Post op-ed as 'Research 2.0,'" says Valleywag's Owen Thomas. "To our ears, this sounds more like a good old-fashioned back-scratching arrangement."

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.