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Novocell, Invitrogen

Novocell, a stem cell engineering company headquartered in San Diego, Calif., this week announced the launch of STEMPRO hESC SFM, a fully-defined, serum- and feeder-free media specifically formulated for the growth and expansion of human embryonic stem cells.
The product will be sold by Invitrogen under a licensing agreement with Novocell.
Accoding to the companies, STEMPRO hESC SFM is the first serum- and feeder-free media for hESCs that has been shown to maintain these cells in a genetically normal state. STEMPRO hESC SFM has been extensively tested and proven to keep hESCs pluripotent in a number of lines, including BG01, BG02, BG03, HUES9, H1, and H9.

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.