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The £62 million UK Biobank is now open after 10 years of planning, reports ScienceInsider. The repository, which is funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, houses information on volunteers, including their height, weight, lung function, and blood pressure, as well as medical history and lifestyle data. It also is home to donated blood, urine, and saliva samples. "What we hope now is that scientists will use it," the UK Biobank's Rory Collins tells ScienceInsider. ScienceInsider adds that the repository was criticized during its planning phase for not consulting enough with British researchers, as well as for delays and cost concerns, though most of the criticism has faded.

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.