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Critical Scrutiny

There are a few ways to reduce research misconduct, writes Brendan Maher at the Nature News blog. Maher helped host a panel discussion for a Science Online NYC event Tuesday night that focused on the increased rates of retracted papers in recent years. The Office of Research Integrity's John Krueger notes that while there has been an increase in retractions, that does not mean that there has been a rise in misconduct. Instead, papers are subjected to more scrutiny, Maher writes. Indeed, Liz Williams, the executive editor of the Journal of Cell Biology, said that her journal has a full-time person to check figures from accepted papers for signs of manipulation. Further, Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky added that both readers and the community are also looking at papers with critical eyes.

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.