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Evidently Women and Men Can Write Equally Atrocious Papers

The blogger at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship links to an item from Nature about whether women are less successful than men in the peer review process. Researchers Herbert Marsh and Luz Bornmann describe work reconciling two conflicting studies -- one that found gender bias in peer review, and one that didn't. The new study, which incorporated data from both prior works, finds "no effect of the applicant’s gender on the peer review of their grant proposals," according to the authors, and holds true "across country, year of publication of the studies included in the meta-analysis, and disciplines ranging from physical sciences to the humanities." The MWEG blogger notes that the researchers on this study were male, and seems interested in hearing from female scientists on the subject.

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.