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If It Seems Too Good to Be True…

At Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy wonders what it means for a department to have a 100 percent tenure-granting rate. Are the department's standards too low? Or are underperforming faculty headed off early to non-tenure track positions or another workplace? "So, would a 100% tenure-award rate always mean that a department's evaluation standards were substandard?" asks Abel Pharmboy.

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.