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Victory for Biotech

A Supreme Court ruling that came down on Monday was a "victory for Monsanto and others in the agricultural biotechnology industry," according to the New York Times. In a 7-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court found that a San Francisco federal district judge's 2007 ruling that led to a ban on planting genetically engineered alfalfa seeds, known as Roundup Ready alfalfa, was too far-reaching. The court said that the ruling should have left room for a partial approval of the seeds to be considered. The Times adds that "because the Supreme Court left in place the lower court's rejection of approving the crop, the Agriculture Department must either fully or partly approve it before growing can resume."

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.