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Open Call for Sequencing Projects

Jonathan Eisen points out JGI's Community Sequencing Program whereby researchers can get genomes sequenced for free. All you have to do is write a proposal related to sequencing projects with relevance to global carbon cycling, alternative energy production, and biogeochemistry, and then have it selected by a review committee. JGI says it will begin accepting letters of intent for projects to be completed in 2010 on December 15.

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.