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Layoff Rumblings

Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline says he's "getting reports of significant chemistry layoffs coming this fall at Pfizer’s Groton facility." He suspects that the biology division will also be hit, adding, "There's nothing on the news wires about any of this, so it's not at the official announcement stage, but people seem to be getting braced."

Whether it's true or not, it can't be any fun working for a place that everyone else has negative speculations about. Sorry, Pfizerites.

 

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.