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It'll Be the Smartest Playpen Around

ScienceWoman proposes some suggestions for employers of scientists, conference organizers, and the attendees to make it easier for parent-scientists (or people taking care of an elderly relative) to attend conferences. She suggests that employer pay some of the childcare cost incurred due to travel for work, that conference organizers at the very least have a list of nearby licensed daycare providers, and for people attending conferences to not be afraid to ask about childcare.

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.