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Open Access and DNA Storage

In the latest post at the Evilutionary Biologist, blogger John Dennehy urges readers to sign the Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the United States.

And if open-source science doesn't move you, scroll down a bit for Dennehy's post on DNA data storage and the concept of encoding messages in DNA sequence for future reference. Could this kind of storage technology one day replace CDs, DVDs, and the like?

 

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.