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Dangers of a 'Degree-Driven Attitude'

In a recent Science Careers forum thread, contributor ARN, who has a PhD and five years of postdoc experience, is soliciting advice on interviewing at biotech firm — ARN is particularly asking about being interviewed by employees there with undergraduate degrees and several years in industry experience. "Is it common in industry setting to consider [someone with] an undergrad [degree] with 5 years experience as equal to [someone with a] PhD?" ARN asks. In response, contributor Ken says that in industry, "it is very common to be interviewed by people you will be working with at all levels." Commenter Dave Jensen adds that "promotion in industry work [is awarded] according to results and productivity — the pecking order isn't always ranked by degree level." While ARN acknowledges no intention of appearing "arrogant," DJM warns ARN to be wary of trying to break in to the biotech industry with a "degree-driven attitude."

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.