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Now That's a Seriously Old Ant

Here's a short piece from the New York Times about scientists who used DNA analysis to determine that a newly discovered ant is "the most primitive of living ants, its DNA least changed in the more than 100 million years that ants have crawled around." Don't miss the spiffy infographic, which offers some interesting trivia on Martialis heureka (the ant's name is a joke based on E.O. Wilson's reaction to seeing it for the first time).

 

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.