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General Gupta

President-elect Obama has offered the position of surgeon general to CNN reporter and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, reports the Washington Post. Around the blogosphere, there is a variety of reactions. At Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy says Gupta is a good pick because he knows the failings of the US healthcare system and many Americans already trust him for health information, while Orac at Respectful Insoloence says not only does Gupta lack gravitas, he thinks Gupta has "made some high profile stumbles" in his coverage at CNN. At the New York Times, Paul Krugman weighs in, recalling Gupta's treatment of Michael Moore over the documentary Sicko. "Gupta specifically claimed that Moore 'fudged his facts', when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong," Krugman says.

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.