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For Better Negotiating, Learn from My Mistakes

At her On Being a Scientist and a Woman blog, ScienceWoman divulges some of the tricks of the trade to negotiating a good lab startup package out of your newfound university's administration. Get everything in writing, she warns, and ask for more than you need. She writes, "Make sure that you have enough time to intelligently spend your start-up. After that pot of money disappears, it's up to your grant writing abilities forever after. Or until you move on to another university."

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.