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Controlling Conflicts of Interest

Congressional investigations may be uncovering instances of unreported financial conflicts of interest that researchers have and NIH may be asking for comment on more stringent regulations, but how those conflicts are managed is complex, says a Science Progress article. Furthermore, it adds that while the proposed new rules "support greater disclosure and transparency," the rules "fail to address other complex matters" such as institutions that have industry support, financial interests from lectures, and from tech transfer arrangements. "Overall the challenge remains the same—how do we continue to encourage public/private partnerships so that translational research can continue to move forward at a rapid pace without compromising research integrity?" the article asks.

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.