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Conflicts Checklist

Training requirements? Check. Disclosure, review, and monitoring requirements? Check, check, and check.

The US National Institutes of Health has posted a checklist corresponding to its new rules for reporting financial conflicts of interest. "The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the requirements of the 2011 revised FCOI [financial conflicts of interest] regulation to serve as a checklist resource when developing, revising or reviewing an Institution’s FCOI policy to determine compliance with all regulatory requirements," NIH says.

Beyond training, reporting, monitoring, and maintenance, the checklist also addresses enforcement mechanisms, and public accessibility requirements, among other things.

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.