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Meshing Science with the New Web Order

O'Reilly Radar has a Q&A with John Wilbanks, who is VP of science at Creative Commons and runs the Science Commons project. He talks about SC, what gets in the way of open science, the role of SC in improving communication between scientists, and lowering the barriers to sharing information, which includes the formality of science-speak. "We think that the innate nature of science, which is publishing, which is community-based, which is about sharing information and remixing information, those norms are going to take over if we can simply get the resistance out of the way," he says.

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.