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A Celebration of All Things Open

We hope you've got your party hat on, because it's International Open Access Week. Gavin Baker at Open Access News posts a series of highlights and festivities for the week (assuming that discussion panels and presentations count as "festivities").

In other open access items, The Chronicle of Higher Education has a blog post from a reporter at the recent meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, who says the take-home message was that "public access to research is 'inevitable,' but it will be a slog to get to it."

Meanwhile, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition issued a review of various business models for open access publishing. According to a press release, "The guide provides an overview of income models currently in use to support open-access journals, including a description of each model along with examples of journals currently employing it."

For a longer piece on the philosophy behind open access and open research, check out this blog post from Cameron Neylon over at Science in the Open.

Last but not least, Nature's new journal, Nature Communications, which will include an open access option for authors, is now taking submissions.

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.