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Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make Us a Match

You don't need a matchmaker, just your HLA genes, or so goes the idea at Switzerland's GenePartner, which is building on the small evidence that people are attracted to others with different HLA genes than their own. The company says that by seeing what versions of HLA genes a couples has, it can tell whether the relationship is doomed or has a chance. The company also offers the test to singles who can then add their rating into an online dating profile.

People, it seems, aren't the only ones turning to the Internet to look for love. The Zoological Information Management System, a collaboration between about 150 zoos and aquariums, helps zookeepers matchmake for their charges.

 

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.