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Show Us Your Fungus

As any mold expert can tell you, Aspergillus is huge in the fungal community. Following on the heels of previously sequenced strains including fumigatus, nidulans, and oryzae, a paper published online today in Nature Biotechnology reports the genome sequence and analysis for Aspergillus niger. Led by Herman Pel of DSM Food Specialties, the team presents some key findings about the organism's metabolic pathway.


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.