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Award Season Has Just Begun

If your favorite to win the Nobel prize for medicine wasn't one of the three actual winners, here's another chance for recognition: the annual Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, founded by Johnson & Johnson in 2004, is now accepting nominations. The award is for "scientists in basic or clinical research who have made significant transformational contributions toward the improvement of human health," according to a press release. You can submit your nominations until December 15.


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.