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Agilent Technologies released its SureSelect Kinome Target Enrichment Kit, which allows researchers to focus sequencing studies on expressed kinases — potentially important biomarkers of disease and potential drug targets.

The assay targets genes for more than 500 known kinases, plus a number of cancer genes and untranslated regions, according to the company. The assay was developed by Rene Bernards of The Netherlands Cancer Institute at Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital.

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.