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Not to Mention the Amazing Bay Views

In an article from Forbes, Matthew Herper questions whether a move by Roche to buy out Genentech will be a good or bad thing. Roche already owns a majority stake in the biotech company, but recently made what analysts have called a lowball bid of $43.7 billion to acquire the rest. Genentech might stand to gain from going invisible, but for the most part, its unique culture is what's most worth saving, Herper says. "The most important part of Genentech's value is in soft assets -- the world-leading scientists, the culture, the single site, the values and history," says analyst Geoffrey Porges.

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.