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Conflict? What Conflict?

Jonathan Eisen likes how the medical school at UC Davis handles conflict of interest – Davis was one of seven schools that got an "A" from the American Medical Student Association on its policy regarding free gifts from pharmaceutical companies. The school's PharmFree Policy prohibits medical student and physicians from accepting any gifts from drug reps, including free drug samples, pens, food, or notepads. "Good to see this. I find the layers of real and potential conflicts of interest in medical research in general to be very poorly handled by the community," says Eisen.

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.