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Hey, You, Stop Hoarding that Data

From the Access to Knowledge Conference, Victoria Stodden blogs about a presentation by Sanger's Tim Hubbard. In the talk, he "laments that scientists tend to carry out their work in a closed way and thus very little data is released," she writes. In addition to concerns about maintaining privacy for research subjects and patients, he said another challenge is releasing data in a way that will let others use it. "Hubbard is touching on what might be the most important part of the Access to Knowledge movement - how to make the access meaningful without destroying incentives to be open," Stodden blogs.

 

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.