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Stephen Colbert Chimes in on Gene Patenting

Stephen Colbert's April 15 interview with Kevin Noonan, makes a pretty good case for gene patenting, says Patent Docs' Donald Zuhn, who works with Noonan. Noonan has been defending Myriad's right to the breast cancer gene patent that was ruled invalid in March. Colbert showed clips of Noonan's appearance on 60 Minutes earlier this month, and putting aside the satire, the jokes, and the possibility that "Colbert may actually side with the plaintiffs and the ACLU," Zuhn says that the segment makes a better case for gene patenting than Noonan's appearance on 60 Minutes.

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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.