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Even Difficult for Nobel Prize Winners

In a speech in Stockholm, Elizabeth Blackburn said that scientific institutions could have more flexible work arrangements that would allow more women to gain leadership roles, reports the Wall Street Journal Health Blog. "The career structure is very much a career structure that has worked for men," she says. "But many women, at the stage when they have done their training really want to think about family ... and they just are very daunted by the career structure. Not by the science, in which they are doing really well." The Health Blog also posts an excerpt from a 2008 Journal of Cell Biology in which Blackburn describes a postdoc who was able to work from 8 to 4 and be quite productive and successful. "To me, it was like, 'Oh, there is another way to do science and be very successful. It doesn't have to be this non-family-oriented model,'" she says.

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.