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Richard Gibbs, Prepare for Some Random Phone Calls

Is everyone familiar with their Erdos number? GTO thinks of it as a brainy version of the Kevin Bacon game -- determining how many degrees separate you from someone else (most of the time, Kevin Bacon, but in this instance, mathematician Paul Erdos).

In a post on the evolgen blog this week, blogger RPM asks whether it's time for this community to have its own Paul Erdos or Kevin Bacon -- and suggests Richard Gibbs at Baylor as the person to connect to.

 

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.