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Who's That Guy in the Middle?

Sociobiologist and Pulitzer Prize-winner E.O. Wilson was one of three recipients of the TED Prize at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference held this week. Each honoree received $100,000 to put toward a single project; Wilson has dedicated his to "build an 'Encyclopedia of Life,' a map of all the varieties of life on Earth," according to this news article.

Other honorees this year were former US President Bill Clinton and war photojournalist James Nachtwey.

 

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.