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Potential Reforms

The US Office of Management and Budget has a notice in the Federal Register calling for comment on proposed changes to federal grant policies. The proposed reforms include ideas for changing the single audit framework, consolidating cost principles, and creating a uniform set of administrative requirements. “As you can see, some of these changes, if implemented, will have a broad, long-lasting effect on how federal grants are administered,” notes Sally Rockey, the deputy director of extramural research at the US National Institutes of Health, at her Rock Talk blog. OMB is accepting comments until March 29th.

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.