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Do Science and Quotas Mix?

The blogger at AdaptiveComplexity weighs in on New York Times blogger John Tierney's recent article exploring applying Title IX to science. The AdaptiveComplexity blogger takes what he calls a "generational view" and says that discrimination is on its way out in biology and that having quotas "would certainly make women second-class citizens in science, because they could never be judged on their own merit."

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.