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But This Way You Don't Get to Enjoy the Wine and Cheese

If you couldn't make it to Cold Spring Harbor this year for the Biology of Genomes meeting, don't miss Daniel MacArthur's blogtastic coverage. He's been posting highlights of the sessions to his Genetic Future blog, including the opening talks on cancer genomics from Mike Stratton and Elaine Mardis. "The overall picture was pretty clear: large-scale DNA sequencing is already transforming our understanding of the genetic architecture of cancer, but we are still at the very beginning of this process," he writes.

In another post he covers a session on genetics of complex traits, which he calls "a whirlwind tour of cutting-edge research in diverse regions of the genetics sphere, ranging from mapping environmental response genes in yeast to dissecting the genetic basis of human complex diseases in humans." Speakers there included Jonathan Cohen, Philip Awadalla, Peter Donnelly, and Elin Grundberg.

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.