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This Week in Science: Mar 2, 2007

In the current issue of Science, there are several articles worth checking out.

A news item reports on the last-minute resuscitation of the Advanced Technology Program, a research funding plan run through the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. According to the article, the program's imminent demise was sidestepped thanks to a $79 million pledge from Democrats in Congress.

In a paper from lead author Ethan Garner at the University of California, San Francisco, scientists report on DNA segregation and the components that provide dynamic instability.

An analysis from Bert Poolman et al. at the University of Groningen looks into the evolution of membrane proteins, while the related paper from Mikaela Rapp and Susanna Seppälä from Stockholm University demonstrates the concept using as a model a multidrug-resistance protein from E. coli.


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.