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Too Close For Comfort?

Airbus and Boeing. Apple and Microsoft. Coca Cola and Pepsi. At his Seqonomics blog, Art Wuster points to these as examples of duopolies. He then asks: "How close the next-generation sequencing market … to being dominated by the Illumina and Life Technologies duopoly?"

While he notes Illumina has captured the largest share of the next-gen sequencing market to date, Life Tech is not so far behind — and other firms are beginning to come online.

Still, Wuster says, "the dominance of Illumina and Life Technologies looks precarious. … There are a dozen companies scrambling to enter the market, and some of them are working on rather disruptive technology."

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.