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Looking Down the Budget Road

Early word on the 2011 budgets for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy's Office of Science isn't so good, reports ScienceInsider. The 2011 figures from the Office of Management and Budget appear to be a 2.9 percent increase for NSF and a 1.6 percent increase for the DOE for 2011. As ScienceInsider points out, this year's stimulus bill was a "banquet for researchers," and the 2010 number for NSF isn't yet finalized.

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.