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Learning to Speak

The Scientific Communications Act of 2007, or HR 1453, is now before Congress, much to the excitement of Framing Science blogger Matthew Nisbet (he's been hawking such a bill for a while). The act aims to provide communications training to science graduate students since, according to sponsor Congresswoman Matsui, "science and technology play an increasingly large role in policy debates."

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.