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The New Take on Aging: Your Body Is Actively Working Against You

This article in Scientific American reports on a study published in Cell that found certain genes in C. elegans that appear to switch on the aging process. (You can see where this is going, can't you?) The story quotes Marc Tatar, a biologist not involved in the research, as saying, "The take-home message is that aging can be slowed and managed by manipulating signaling circuits within cells." Stuart Kim from Stanford was senior author on the paper.

 

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.