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Let Them Stay Home with the Kids

Sciencewoman responds to a letter in Nature suggesting that it may be unethical to recommend scientific careers to women since the culture is not family-friendly. She blogs that this sort of reaction is akin to saying that if the scientific culture isn't perfect for women, then women shouldn't get involved in it at all. "As we continue to encourage young women to pursue the full range of scientific and technical careers," she writes, "we all must actively work to make academic science careers more friendly to both women and men with lives and families outside the ivory tower."

 

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.