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Benefits of Blogging for Grad Students

Over at Getting Genetics Done, Stephen Turner highlights a recent post by blogger Drew Conway, in which he outlines "ten reasons why grad students should blog." In his post, Conway says that blogging can help grad students to establish their identity, network outside of academia, hone their craft, and sharpen their critical eye — and no, Conway adds, "the faculty in your department will not think less of you." Notably, blogging to establish one's identity is one way to get a "[proverbial] foot in the door for a job talk at a university" and "is a critical first step. … If you are in graduate school to be the 'best kept secret in academia,' you are making a fatal mistake," the blogger writes. Furthermore, "having a blog provides you an independent beacon upon which you can broadcast your own ideas," and qualifications — Conway says that in the last year his CV has been downloaded by more than 875 unique visitors to his blog.

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.