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A Budget Plan for NCATS

The US Department of Health and Human Services has provided more details to Congress on the budget for the proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. As Nature's News Blog points out, "the detailed budget conforms closely to the plan that [National Institutes of Health Director Francis] Collins first described." According to a table attached to the letter Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent to the congressional appropriations subcommittees, which ScienceInsider has posted, the proposed budget for NCATS includes $480 million for Clinical and Translational Science Awards, $100 million for the Cures Acceleration Network, and $73 million for research resources and infrastructure programs that are housed at the National Center for Research Resources. However, ScienceInsider points out that despite these details, Congress does not yet have what it needs — a formal budget amendment — to finalize the NIH budget.

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.