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Mouse, Again?

Thomas Mailund's latest post on the mouse genome harks back to a recent point raised by Sandra Porter: When is a genome sequence actually completed? Mailund expresses his surprise at a new PLoS Biology paper that says that the mouse genome is now complete — he'd thought it already had been finished. "Oh well, in any case the distinction between a draft and complete genome sequence is a bit artificial anyway. It is really only a matter of degree," Mailund concludes.

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.