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Sudden Plunges: Bee Populations and Stock Markets

Global stock markets tumbled big time on the same day we learned of a sudden decline in bee populations. Over at Time's Eye on Science, Michael Lemonick ruminates on the notion that "during times of stability, we tend to assume stability is the rule" but warns that, like mutual fund disclaimers, "past performance is no guarantee of future results."

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.