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Cheer Up, Pharma Researchers. You Could Be Working in the Auto Industry

If you're in the mood for a downer, Derek Lowe's blog post at In the Pipeline doesn't disappoint. Starting with some musings on GlaxoSmithKline's earnings -- which revealed the "magnitude of their Avandia problem" -- Lowe writes about the layoff epidemic that has plagued the pharma industry this year. He reminds readers of the multi-thousand employee cuts at Pfizer, Bayer-Schering, AstraZeneca, Amgen, and Johnson & Johnson. With Glaxo's news and announcement of impending layoffs there as well as gloom from Novartis, Lowe says we haven't seen the end of the epidemic yet.


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.