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The Virus Whisperer

Today's New York Times includes a Q&A with UCSF's Joe DeRisi, best known in this field for his development of the virus microarray that enabled the identification of SARS in 2003. DeRisi talks about how the idea for the chip came about to solve the problem of sorting out viruses, which "had always been a laborious and time-consuming effort," he says. "Sometimes, it took 10, 20 years to find a virus [researchers] knew had to be in there."

 

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.