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Taking Back DNA

Cook Islanders, with New Zealand's Health Research Council, are setting up rules for foreign scientists wishing to conduct research in the Cook Islands. The Islanders are concerned that DNA and other samples taken from them may be sold after the researchers complete their analysis. They are also asking that blood samples stored in Britain from previous studies be destroyed or returned. "We are not allowed to access this and intellectual property has been taken away from us," says Roro Daniel, the Cook Islands Secretary of Health in this Television New Zealand article.

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.