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A Whole New Atlas

The Allen Institute for Brain Science -- known to this community as the place behind the Mouse Brain Atlas -- has announced a new atlas initiative, this one in partnership with the Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish institute. Funded by the Ivy Foundation, the Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas Project will build a 3D brain atlas specific to glioblastoma, looking at 1,000 genes in 64 patients.

In this video, lead investigator Greg Foltz talks about the project and its aims:

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.