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The Sound of Genetics

The New London Chamber Choir will debut "new choral work inspired by their very own genes" at the Royal Society of Medicine's "Music from the Genome" event tomorrow, says the Wellcome Trust. "The event takes its title from a Wellcome Trust-funded project of the same name, which brings together the new composition, 'Allele,' with a piece of original scientific research — an investigation into the genetic determinants of musical ability," the organization's statement reads. Andrew Morley, the project's director, compared DNA samples from 250 choral singers with those obtained from 250 non-musicians. Data from the 41 members of the NLCC is woven in composer Michael Zev's 'Allele.'

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.