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The Passing of a Visionary

The father of medical genetics, Victor McKusick, died at his home in Towson, Md., on Tuesday. McKusick spent his career at Johns Hopkins University, where he established its medical genetics division and studied the links between genetics and disease, especially Marfan syndrome, dwarfism, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He also catalogued all the human genes associated with disease into a book, Mendelian Inheritance in Man. Over his career, McKusick won many awards, including the 1997 Albert Lasker Award and the 2001 National Medal of Science. He was 86.

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.