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Congrats to All

Among the 16 new US Medal of Freedom awardees are three academics, points out the Chronicle of Higher Education. They are: the University of Chicago's Janet Rowley, who discovered the role chromosomal translocations play in leukemia and other cancers; Florida International University's Pedro Greer, Jr., for his work to provide medical care to Miami's poor; and the University of Cambridge's Stephen Hawking for his contributions to science and mathematics. Other notable recipients include Jack Kemp, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Billie Jean King, Harvey Milk, Sandra Day O' Connor, Sydney Poitier, and Desmond Tutu.

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.