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Our Final Time-Waster of 2007 - And It's Elementary


Animator Mike Stanfill offers this flashed-out version of Tom Lehrer's classic 1959 song "The Elements," which lists them all to a jaunty Gilbert & Sullivan melody. (Turn speakers on, please.)

And if you wake up Christmas morning with the tune still buzzing around in your head, don't blame GTO!

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.