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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Blogger Prodigal Academic says that in some collaborative relationships, there comes a time when it's best to just break up. "Maybe you are doing too much of the heavy lifting. Maybe your interests or goals have drifted apart. Maybe the work of maintaining a long distance relationship is no longer balanced by the benefits, or the specialized knowledge your collaborator had is now available in your lab," the blogger writes, adding that "at that point, it might be time to end it." This is especially true for academics who are vying for tenure, because they "can't afford to have collaborations in name only."

The repercussions of breaking up with a collaborator can have a sustained effect on one's work long after the separation, Prodigal Academic says. "In the short term, we are now racing to finish a set of experiments before they do something similar," while, "in the long term, the door is still open to work together again," the blogger writes.

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.