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Bye-Bye Bench

While many scientists begin their careers in research, some look to leave research behind as they explore other career options in various scientific fields, says Benchfly's Alan Marnett. While non-researchers don't physically carry out experiments, their roles in research can be just as important. But identifying career options, and then facing the emotional and logistical hurdles of doing something other than research, can be too hard for some people to face, Marnett says. He asks readers, both those who've made the move and those just thinking about it, what they think the most difficult aspects could be. So far on the blog's poll, the hardest part of leaving the bench would be finding a job you're qualified for, followed by trying to figure out your true passion, and the uncertainty of whether you've made the right decision. Daily Scan wants to know: What would be the hardest thing for you?

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.