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Ambion: Sep 28, 2006

Ambion is providing free copies of its siRNA Screening Application Guide through its website to researchers who complete a short survey regarding their use of siRNA libraries.
According to the company, the guide provide a “look into the ways and means performing siRNA library screens in cultured cells.” Chapters in the guide cover experimental design, optimizing transfection in 96- and 384-well plates, assay optimization, and data analysis.

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.