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If it Worked for Him…

Blogger John Hawks was just awarded tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is celebrating by posting a series on the tenure process and how a blog could help along the way. In this first post, though, Hawks says "there is no way that you should start a blog, especially in the first couple of years on the tenure track" but then adds that he doesn't believe his own advice, given that he didn't follow it himself. Hawks also says that blogging under your own name can also help you raise your profile. "A blog gives you the opportunity for immediate reactions to news: meaning that your colleagues can learn about new results by reading what you wrote about them. This can be a powerful way to build a reputation," writes Hawks.

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.