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This Week in Genome Biology: Feb 29, 2012

The European Bioinformatics Institute's Tim Massingham and Nick Goldman present All Your Base, which they call "a fast and accurate probabilistic approach to base calling," in a paper published online in advance in Genome Biology this week. Massingham and Goldman say their approach "improves on the best existing base callers, especially when comparing the number of error-free reads." All Your Base is available online, here, they add.

In a another report published online in advance, Harvard University's Alexander Meissner and his colleagues report on the January Joint Keystone Symposium on Epigenomics and Chromatin Dynamics. The size of the meeting reflected "the excitement and many developments in this area," they write.

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.