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Now Here's a Step Toward the Linux-Microsoft Detente

An article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says that Microsoft "put a new twist into its rivalry with open-source software Monday by getting specific about one of its most controversial claims -- saying that Linux and other free programs violate 235 of its patents." The article makes clear, however, that the software giant did not say it was considering legal action.

Note to Bill: The wisdom is to keep your enemies closer. Not angry.


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.