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Don't Worry, We Get Anxious Too

PhD Mom has a post about all the joys of self-doubt as she waits to hear the verdict on six grant proposals she's submitted. "If I am unable to fund my lab effectively ... does this mean that I am an ineffective professor?" she writes. "Or is it simply a sign of the times and the incredibly poor funding situation (near 8% success rate in the divisions I apply to)?" She says her institution is supportive of her work, but that her fears about not getting funded have her wondering if she is an adequate (but not outstanding) scientist. "Am I okay with being an okay or good scientist, but not the best?" she 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.