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Or 280 Billion Haagen-Dazs Bars

If you had the choice between buying 32,407 Alvin submarines or bailing out the US economy, what would you do? (We know, it's a tough call.) Jonathan Eisen tries to get his head around the $700 billion bailout effort here in the US by blogging about what else that money could buy. His list includes: 280,000 liters of Taq polymerase, 538 million open access fees for publishing in PLoS One, and registration fees for 350 million people to go to the AGBT meeting in Marco Island. That would be one crowded plenary session.

 

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.