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A Bright and Shiny Future -- Wait, No

Over on Aetiology, Tara Smith discusses the future of graduate students and post-docs – it is not looking so bright. She quotes a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article that says that the long training time, job shortages in academia, and the daunting competition for research grants is a bit of a turn-off. Smith says this isn't new but that suggestions to expose students to other options outside academia aren't usually implemented. One of her commenters notes that "non-academic employment [is not] a consolation prize."

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.