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Stem Cell-Inspired Sonnets

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has announced the winners of its 2010 Stem Cell Awareness Day poetry contest. Two winners and two finalists were selected by a panel of three judges; all four will receive "a framed stem cell image of their choice from CIRM’s Flickr" page, according to the agency. Andy Levy, a software marketer from Woodinville, Wash., took top honors this year for his poem "Birth, Rebirth." Levy, who has a daughter with type 1 diabetes, told CIRM that he and his family "are hopeful that stem cell research will contribute to a cure."

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.