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A Reminder to the Angular Egyptologist: All Press Is Good Press

A recent issue of Smithsonian magazine profiled Svante Paabo, who directs the genetics department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Aside from learning that Paabo, a former Egyptology student, likes to get comfy by folding "his long legs under his angular body to perch on a sofa," the article introduces lay readers to the concept of evolutionary biology. Hey, if Mary-Claire King calls the man "a visionary," we say it's worth checking out the profile.


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.