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He's Against It, Really Against It

A Duke law professor rails against the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, introduced by John Conyers (D-MI), in this Financial Times column. James Boyle, a copyright professor, says this "misleadingly" named bill would not only "eviscerate public access to taxpayer funded research" but also would "wreak havoc on federal information policy more generally." In the column, Boyle wonders just what went through Conyers' head to ignore 33 Nobel laureates, the past and current head of NIH, legal scholars, and patients' advocates. "This bill would forbid us from building the World Wide Web for science, even for the research that taxpayers have funded. And that is truly a tragedy," writes Boyle.

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.