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Proteins Aren't the Only Working Parts

Derek Lowe blogs at In the Pipeline about the potential future of drug discovery — once research moves beyond its limited, and limiting, work targeting drugs that only bind proteins. He reminds us of the universe of possibilities: proteins interacting with other proteins, DNA, RNA, carbohydrates, and lipids, which are some of the many targets that have yet to be fully explored for therapeutic value.

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.