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Top 10 Innovations for 2008

Bitesize Bio's Nick points readers to The Scientist magazine's list of the top 10 innovations in the life sciences in 2008. While you have to subscribe to view the list in its entirety, Nick rounds up the highlights:  an in vivo multispectral imaging system that can view molecular movement in small animals in nearly real time; a Fucci (fluorescent ubiquitination-based cell cycle indicator)-based system for real-time, in vivo imaging of the cell cycle; a service for ordering customized zinc finger proteins; and next-gen sequencing that allows for mapping a human genome for less than $60,000.

 

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.