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It Appears They're in the Market for Something Tougher than a Time-Out

The Wall Street Journal reports that Congress members are pushing to transform the US FDA "by giving it broad powers to levy fines, order drug recalls and restrict drug-industry advertising," the article says. "The lawmakers say an FDA restructuring should build a much taller wall between the agency and the industry it regulates." The changes, if they happen, aren't expected to take place until next year.

 

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.