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In Case You Were Wondering Whether Those Conflict of Interest Rules Had Eased Up

This article in the Wall Street Journal reports on news that a committee in the US House of Representatives has asked the National Cancer Institute to look more closely at "the financial records of about 50 researchers leading a big government study of whether annual medical scans of smokers' lungs can save lives," according to the story. "The committee said it was concerned that potential conflicts of interest 'could damage the credibility' of the decadelong, $200 million National Lung Screening Trial." Two PIs involved in the trial have been paid to give expert testimony for tobacco companies facing lawsuits from smokers, according to WSJ; both have said their courtroom work and scientific work were unrelated.


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.