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Don't Call Them a Publisher

Science Commons' blog points to a video documentary on open access. In one part, Nature's publishing director, Timo Hanna, talks about how the magazine is using Creative Commons licenses to make some of their content free. Hannay emphasizes how they've made use of online business models, and for users to think of Nature not as a publisher but a scientific communications company. "There is a PR benefit to be gained by using a creative commons license rather than not," Hannay says, adding that "when we say we are making content available for free, we are talking about a portion of content and not all of the content."

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.