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But Seriously, How Did All That Fit in There?

It's a gross-out morning here at Genome Technology, where we can't stop watching this disturbing video of a cricket dying. The cricket's infected with a parasite that uses mind-control tricks (hey, we couldn’t make this up if we tried -- check out the article in our sister publication ProteoMonitor from earlier this year) to get its host to commit suicide so the parasite can escape and reproduce.

Ewwww.

 

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.