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Except for All the Downsides, Patents Are Great

A blog at 3 Quarks Daily points to Stephan Kinsella's post at mises.org that highlights the drawbacks of intellectual property patents. Kinsella says that while patent holders do profit, the overall litigation and licensing surrounding patents stifle innovation. Furthermore, Kinsella quotes the AAAS study that found that one-fifth of research efforts in the US are held back or cancelled due to patent licensing problems.

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.