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A Better Letter

The Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog has some words of wisdom on those all-important letters of intent for the NIH Grand Opportunity grants, due April 27. Most importantly: "Please note the request for a lot more detail than is typical in an LOI. In fact, they essentially want most of the proposal, including its budget," according to the blogger. In addition to the usual letter of intent info, MWEG blogs that "prospective applicants are also asked to consider including [translation: damn well better include]" details such as "evidence that the project is ready for immediate implementation" and a "preliminary list of the expected 2-year outcomes and deliverables."

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.