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Funding, Facilities, and Choosing a Lab

The blogger at Tales of the Genomic Repairman discusses why he chose his graduate lab, and offers tips for other scientists choosing where to work. Genomic Repairman's lab, he writes, "fostered an environment where everyone is familiar with everyone else's projects without being too nosy." Those who are going to choose a research environment, he suggests, should consider the size of the lab first. "Do you like small intimate groups or can you blend into the herd?" he writes. Next, scientists should consider the PI and lab members — specifically, whether they think they could get along with them and if they "do great science," the blogger writes. It's not a good idea to "pick a lab because someone seems nice," however. Trainees should also consider the lab's funding and facilities. "Check [out] their funding situation and track record on NIH RePorter. Are they consistently getting money? Good. Are [their] grant dollars slowly winnowing away. Bad sign," 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.