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Why Not Use Both?

At Albin Paul's microarray blog, he announces that NimbleGen Systems and 454 Life Sciences have teamed up with Baylor College of Medicine to create “sequence capture” technology. The technique combines chips with next-gen sequencing, the end goal being to create a whole-genome human exome microarray that is faster and cheaper than using PCR for selective resequencing. Baylor's Richard Gibbs presented at Venter's GME conference in October.

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.