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Losing the Award

Three grants issued by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine have been terminated, reports The Scientist. In reviewing the recipients' first year progress reports, CIRM identified underperforming project. The reviewers then contacted the PIs to learn what the difficulties were and then if the grantees' follow-up report didn't show improvement, the grant was terminated. "Termination is a last option," CIRM's Don Gibbons says. "We first work with grantees who are not progressing to get them back on track."

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.