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Inflation Strikes Again

This article from the Wall Street Journal ($) reports on a consortium that will shut down a series of cancer clinical trials due to insufficient federal funding. The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups will reduce its trials by some 3,000 patients this year, which will mostly affect studies of less common cancers, according to the article. The coalition is funded by the US National Cancer Institute, which asked for cuts in order to stay within its eroding-thanks-to-inflation budget.

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.