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It's Complicated: Jul 29, 2009

"Science is a master manipulator," blogs the Ambivalent Academic. She says that when she started out in science, things were grand — it was exciting and experiments went well. Then everything went awry, but she couldn't leave. "Then, just when I was ready to throw in the towel, things changed again. Oh, I'm so sorry, said Science," writes the Ambivalent Academic. She's not the only one. At Blue Lab Coats, Drdra chimes in, "Aren't all of us academic scientists (at least) in this co-dependent relationship with science?"

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.