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It's an Honor Just to Be Nominated

The folks behind the Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences are accepting nominations now. Described as "a humanitarian award presented annually ... to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted open access to the materials and methods used in the scientific field of bioinformatics," the honor has in the past gone to Michael Ashburner, Ewan Birney, Lincoln Stein, Jim Kent, and Michael Eisen. You can go here to submit your nominations.


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.