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Time to Head Over to the Physics Building to Find a Buddy

At the NIGMS Feedback Loop blog, Peter Lyster notes that the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and other NIH institutes are part of two new funding opportunities that are trying to bring biomedical and physical scientists together. One focuses on translational research. Namely, it "encourages investigators from these disciplines and other research areas to partner with clinical researchers to translate promising laboratory concepts into the clinic." The second encourages new discovery work. "By bridging these scientific disciplines, this program aims to support cutting-edge science that has the potential to open up entirely new avenues for biomedical studies," Lyster says.

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.