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What About a Job in Policy?

Blogger This Scientist says that a recent conversation with a colleague cleared up some misconceptions she'd had about careers in science policy. "When I heard the phrase 'science policy,' I had always imagined people with science degrees that were pushing to have particular laws changed and having strong partisan affiliations and possibly screaming 'Save the Whales,'" she says. After speaking with someone involved in the field, she realized that "science policy is acting as a liaison between the scientists ... and the politicians that don't understand the data and the p-values," she says. "You become a science translator." Those considering alternative science careers, may want to do as This Scientist did and "throw another one in the pile ... science policy!"

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.