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Go West … Or East … Anywhere but Here

Two of the UK's most influential scientists — astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and researcher Keith Campbell, who was one of the scientists on the team that created Dolly the cloned sheep — are urging recent science grads in the UK to seek work away from home, reports the Guardian's Michael MacLeod. The two researchers, who spoke at an Edinburgh International Book Festival debate on the future of science, said that decreased science funding in the UK means that young researchers just starting out might have a better chance of finding work in places like the US or Singapore, MacLeod adds. Bell Burnell said that the job market in the sciences is even harder on women, and that going abroad is very useful not only to widen one's chances of finding work, but also to broaden one's horizons and gain a different perspective. "For a young woman you probably have to go abroad while you're young and before you get attached to somebody and a family. Or, as I did, you go abroad about 50 when your family's left home," she added. "I positively encourage time abroad to anybody. It's worth taking the time to suss out which countries in the world are well funded for your subject and look for opportunities there."

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.