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Give Grad Students a Hand

A new report compiled by education advocacy groups, entitled "The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States," says the US government should make it a priority to financially aid students who want to study for graduate degrees to "keep the country from losing its competitive edge in a global economy," reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Audrey Williams June. The report offers several recommendations, including a proposal that the government pay for a $10-billion per year doctoral training program, June says. The program would cover the costs of pursuing a PhD for some students. The group which produced the report, the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, acknowledges that it may be a while before the recommendations develop into a fully-funded program, the article reports. But no matter how bad the economy is right now, helping to students to start — and finish — graduate degrees is the best way to keep the US competitive.

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.