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How Long is Too Long?

Benchfly's Alan Marnett is wondering if publishing in "top-tier" journals has lost its appeal if it means having to do a postdoc for six years. Is it better to finish in three years with papers in "average" publications, he asks? "Unfortunately, there's no formula for knowing when a project is ready for publication. As a result, many people hold their data for years, chasing the one or two experimental results that will enable publication, they hope, in a top-tier journal," he says. But what happens if those results never come? How many years of research does it take before the harm of waiting for that top-tier publication outweighs the benefit of getting it, Marnett asks. Go to Benchfly to participate in the poll. So far, the turning point for 48 percent of poll respondents is four years. Daily Scan wants to know, how long would you wait?

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.