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Self-Injecting Stem Cells?

Using stem cells to treat type I diabetes is showing promise, says this news report. In this week’s issue of JAMA, scientists report preliminary results that giving diabetes patients their own nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cells after a course of immunosuppression could help treat newly diagnosed patients.

No word on how many patients this will help if they're required to correctly pronounce the name of the stem cells they need.

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.