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We're Pretty Sure Glow-in-the-Dark Cloned Cats Would've Been #11

Time magazine came up with its list of the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2007, and two of them will be familiar to this community. Recent breakthroughs in stem cell science topped the list -- Time highlighted the work of Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University and James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin -- followed by the publication of Craig Venter's genome. The diploid sequence, according to the magazine, is a feat that "brought science one step closer to the era of personalized medicine and to being able to trace the roots of our genetic variations."

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.