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Women Awarded More Doctorates Than Men

According to new Council of Graduate Schools data released today, women were awarded more doctoral degrees than men in 2008-09, obtaining 50.4 percent of those granted across disciplines. Notably, women were awarded 50.9 percent of all doctoral degrees in biological and agricultural sciences and 70.2 percent of those in health sciences; men obtained 78.4 and 66.6 percent of all doctorates in engineering and physical and earth sciences, respectively. Nathan Bell, director of research and policy analysis for CGS, tells Inside Higher Ed that these data are indicative of a "natural progression of what we have been seeing" in higher education, and adds that "the pipeline is increasingly female."

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.