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This Week in Genome Biology: May 23, 2012

In a research highlight published online in advance in Genome Biology this week, Siavash Kurdistani from the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses the epigenomic enhancer profiling of colon cancer study from Case Western Reserve University's Batool Akhtar-Zaidi et al., recently published in Science, noting how it "has implicated distal gene regulatory DNA sequences in the establishment of an oncogenic transcriptional program."

Genome Biology has extended the submission deadline for its second special issue on epigenomics. The special issue, planned for publication in late summer 2012, will be guest-edited by the Broad Institute's Alexander Meissner. Submissions are now due May 31.

Over in Mobile DNA, researchers at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia present C-GATE, an online catalog of genes affected by transposable elements. The authors say that C-GATE contains "212 cases of biologically verified TE exaptations and more than 1,700 in silico TE-gene partnerships" to date.

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.