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Avoid a Dissertation Disaster

Scicurious this week shares "tips on surviving, and thriving, during your dissertation." While writing and defending a thesis can be a daunting task, Sci says it's best to break it up. She also suggests finding a writing partner. "Seeing another face close to a laptop screen can help drive you to focus as well," she says. "There's someone next to you egging you on." Sci says one of the most important things to do when writing a dissertation is to take breaks. "Do something else. An hour or two of going out with a friend for dinner, going running, or reading a novel will not sink the ship of your dissertation. And it will help clear your head when you need it most," she says. Seeking outside support can also provide perspective, she adds. "Call your friends, talk to people who defended before you. … Don't be afraid to seek support!"

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.