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Bring Out That Crystal Ball

PhysioProf discusses snagging a tenure-track position. "If you only have one or two [impact factor 4-5 papers], you are in a very precarious position, while a single glamour mag publication can be sufficient to get your foot in the door," he writes. However, PhysioProf says it's better to position yourself as a "groundbreaking leader" and "to try to predict where your field is going in the next five to ten years," saying that if you "focus on doing creative novel science, and good things will happen."

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.