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In Case You Didn't Have Enough Profiles to Keep Up

There's another social networking web site for scientists, and this one, called Epernicus, claims to already have "enabled thousands of scientists at close to 1,200 institutions in 57 countries to find other researchers with specific skill sets, averting the time-consuming, labor intensive processes of tracking down scientists who have information that they need," says a press release. "Think of us as a Facebook or LinkedIn for scientists but with a concrete purpose," says co-founder Mikhail Shapiro. "We help scientists realize just how much knowledge their colleagues have that can be tapped to accelerate their research."

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.