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A Long and Ultimately Fruitless Road

Steinn Sigurðsson at the Dynamics of Cats posts a PDF (it's long, but a good read) of Rick Trebino's 123 steps, plus an addendum, to publishing a comment in a scientific journal. The first step is to "read a paper in the most prestigious journal in your field that 'proves' that your entire life's work is wrong," then to realize there are lots of errors in that paper, follow it up by deciding to write and prepare a comment. It's all downhill from there. Step 84 is:

Wait four months, during which time, respond to numerous close relatives regarding the fraudulence of your life's work and who remind you that at least you still have your health, albeit in a noticeably deteriorating state over the past few months. And perhaps you'd like to join them at the local bar for its daily Happy Hour.
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.