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It's Not Quite "Being a New PI for Dummies"

Kathy Barker's second book, At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory, is now available in an updated second edition that focuses specifically on the challenges that new principal investigators face in getting their labs up and running. Fresh topics in the new edition include "collaboration contracts, performance evaluations, communicating with non-scientists, tips for succeeding on the tenure track, and professional development," according to a Cold Spring Harbor Press statement. "The world has changed since the first edition of 'At the Helm' was published in 2002," Barker writes, "and the laboratory has changed with it, for better and worse." Barker's content is based on interviews with PIs and their anecdotal advice.

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.