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"Just PubMed It" Could Catch On…

DrugMonkey waxes philosophical about "Google" morphing into a verb and how PubMed hasn't quite reached that point. Researchers, especially those at large, well-funded universities, can go to PubMed with a query and come away with relevant journal articles. But not everyone has that luxury, such as researchers in the developing world and even professors and students at smaller colleges in the developed world, and that's where DrugMonkey pipes up for open access. "The ability to pubmed primary research articles is a default part of our household. Perhaps not used as extensively as the google, but certainly an important and palpable feature of our normal lives. I see no reason not to extend this benefit to everyone," says the post.

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.