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AAMC, NIH PI Age Data Mashup

In a Rock Talk post, National Institutes of Health's Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey discusses the "age distribution of NIH principal investigators and medical school faculty." Using Association of American Medical Colleges data, Rockey compares information on medical school faculty with data her group has collected on awards made to PIs who do not work at medical schools. The following video compiles data from both AAMC and NIH from 1980 to 2010.

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.