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S. Brenner on C. elegans

Over at Flies & Bikes, GrumpyBob has a post on a perspectives piece from Sydney Brenner in the latest issue of Genetics. "This brief article ... presents an account of the origins of Caenorhabditis elegans research, by the beast's main man," the blogger writes. What he found most interesting was Brenner's view on how the culture of science has shifted in the last several decades. For one thing, Brenner writes, scientists back in the day spent much more time in discussions and social settings (such as morning coffee or afternoon tea); "it was only after dinner that the real work started and the lab then filled up with the owls," he 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.