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Changes to NSF Funding Policy

The NSF has made significant changes to its Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, effective January 5, 2009. The most important is a change in faculty salary reimbursement policy, which will "limit compensation for senior personnel to no more than two months of their regular salary in any one year from all NSF-funded grants." Dave Bacon, an assistant professor in Seattle, is none too happy. "This pretty much eliminates any NSF funded research professors, as far as I can tell," he says at his blog, the Quantum Pontiff.

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.