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An Examination of R&D

An analysis by Battelle and R&D Magazine finds that global funding for research and development is stable, though it is marked by a few challenges. "Total global spending on R&D is anticipated to increase 3.6 percent, to almost $1.2 trillion," the report notes. For this analysis, Battelle and R&D Magazine surveyed 378 people, in various aspects of R&D, from 38 different countries, though the majority were from the United States. Among the challenges mentioned were limited budgets, with 37 percent of all respondents calling that "critical." US researchers were also concerned with development time with 37 percent saying that was important, as compared to 30 percent of non-US researchers. In the life sciences, the report says that "while merger and acquisition activity has abated somewhat, it continues to be a defining factor in R&D investment." The full report is here.

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.