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According to Some, Having a Brain is a Good Thing

At ScienceBlogs' denialism blog, Mark Hoofnagle bemoans the destructive consequences that befell scientific policy analysis after the 1995 elimination of the Office of Technology Assessment. Without this formerly 30-year-old federal office, he writes, “any member [of Congress] can introduce whatever set of facts they want, by employing some crank think tank to cherry-pick the scientific literature to suit any ideological agenda.” Stop complaining, he suggests, and start acting to push Congress to refund the OTA.

 

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.