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A Millennial Prize

Shinya Yamanaka has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for his work on induced pluripotent stem cell technology, reports Agence France Presse. "Using [Yamanaka's] method to create stem cells, scientists all over the world are making great strides in research in medical drug testing and biotechnology," the prize jury said. Yamanaka splits the €1.2 million award with Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux open-source operating system. Previously, the Millennium Technology Prize has been awarded to Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, and Michael Graetzel, who made a cheap polar power cell.

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.