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Tips for Writing that Manuscript

Over at The Scientist, experts give advice on how to make your manuscript a more enjoyable read. First, follow some age-old writing traditions such as sitting down for a set amount of time each day, say 15 to 30 minutes, to write and also reading what you've written out loud. "All our prose should move in the direction of being more conversational," says New Mexico State's Tara Gray, though she acknowledges that being too casual should also be avoided. Other tips include easing the reader into new concepts by starting with what's more familiar and then segueing to new ideas and making sure that each sentence follows logically from the one before it.

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.