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Good News, HapMap: We Still Need You

Dan Koboldt has a blog post at MassGenomics about how HapMap data is still useful, despite concerns that it would be made obsolete by the 1,000 Genomes Project. Koboldt reports on a talk he attended by the University of Chicago's Wei Zhang, whose group is "still leveraging the HapMap resource in numerous ways to better understand the relationship between genotype and phenotype." Koboldt sums up a number of efforts described by Zhang, including correlating gene expression and genotype, studying isoform variation, measuring tox profiles of anti-cancer drugs, and more. He adds that "efforts are currently under way at the University of Chicago to measure two more cell phenotypes on the HapMap samples" -- microRNA expression and DNA methylation.

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.