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Boston University Med School Buys Sequenom’s System for SNP Analysis

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AN DIEGO--Sequenom announced that it has sold a MassArray mass spectrometry system to the Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Human Genetics, which will use the system in research and clinical diagnostics environments as part of its program to analyze genetic variations that cause diseases or predisposition to diseases.

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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.