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NCATS Gets Attention

US President Barack Obama mentioned the proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences in his remarks last week during a bill-signing ceremony, and NIH has made the center part of a new initiative in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a chip to predict drug toxicity, reports ScienceInsider. There is, as ScienceInsider notes, opposition to the creation of the center from some lawmakers, and it currently lacks funding. "This is a neat trick for Collins to commit $70M in funds — likely from the Common Fund — to a project affiliated with a Center that does not exist," says blogger Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship.

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.