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Maybe You're Born With It?

The Meandering Scholar wonders whether grantsmanship is a task that can be mastered or an intrinsic talent. To that end, he asks his readers whether PIs should teach their trainees how to write grants or if doing so would be "wasting their valuable lab time" and "enforcing skills they might not appreciate." Should every postdoc be required to try their hand at writing and submitting a funding proposal "or is good grantsmanship contingent upon a more ingrained skill set than the ability to form a perfect sentence?" he asks. ChemicalBiLOLogy says that grant-writing is all "skill, skill, skill, [such] that even if you are not naturally gifted at, you can use strategies to improve to the point where you get competitive." BrooksPhD points out that even those who are considered gifted writers can struggle to adapt to the "different styles required for writing a manuscript vs. a grant application in addition to different styles for different grants/agencies."

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.