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New Products: COSMIC: Sep 26, 2012

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The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 61 of COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. The latest release focuses on whole-genome screen publications, adding information from 17 new reports, including the Cancer Genome Atlas' colon and rectal cancer studies. Additionally, the gene PHF6 has been curated, along with four new gene fusion pairs.

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.