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Biding Its Time

Due to Congress's attention on the healthcare reform bill, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009 is languishing in a Senate committee, according to The Scientist. FRPAA was introduced in June by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) and would make federally-funded research freely accessible by the general public. The bill would include research funded by the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. "The quicker we get the largest corpus of science material out there and publically accessible, the greater the opportunity there is for it to be used. Sooner is better, and sooner is likely to occur if we take a FRPAA-type of action," says David Shulenburger, from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

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.