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Perhaps MIT Has Enough Computers to Share

Sandra Porter blogs about the difficulty of teaching "bioinformatics when schools work so hard to keep us from using computers." At a community college where she's got a bioinformatics class just starting, Porter found to her dismay that the biotech lab for her students has barely functional laptops with no mice. Sheesh, and GTO thought computer lab issues like this went the way of Pascal.

 

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.