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But the Real Question Is, Were There Originally Fifteen?

If you've been in need of a good protein-related laugh, Blogger Bosco at Trapped in the USA delivers. Don't miss his entertaining list of the Ten Commandments of Protein Folding. Some samples:

  • Thou shalt have no other structure before the one true native structure.
  • Thou shalt not make unto thee any false structure of the native state, or any likeness of any structure such as predicted by molecular dynamics or homology modeling programs.
  • Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's structure, as designated by SCOP or CATH, nor his sequence, nor his function, for thy structure has been given thee by thy sequence alone.


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.