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Pooling Patents for Disease

The Guardian reports that Ivan Lewis, the British minister for international development, will be working to persuade drug companies to give up their patent rights to help treat neglected diseases and pediatric HIV patients in the developing world. Lewis will be meeting with execs to determine whether they will participate in two patent pools. One was proposed by GlaxoSmithKline to encourage research into treatments for neglected diseases, and the other by the international organization Unitaid that buys HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis medications for the developing world. "Now is the time for industry to step up to the mark," Lewis says.

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.