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The Money Pours In

At the annual Indian Science Congress this week, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised his country's researchers more funding for their work, says ScienceInsider's Pallava Bagla. "Singh said he will seek to boost R&D expenditures to at least 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2017, up from the current 0.9 percent," Bagla reports. "According to his target, over the next five years R&D spending would rise to about $8 billion per year, up from $3 billion spent in 2011. He also unveiled plans for a $1 billion supercomputing center at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a $270 million underground Indian Neutrino Observatory in Theni."

Singh told conference attendees that while he is glad to see the number of scientific publications from Indian researchers steadily rising, he still thinks India isn't keeping up with other nations. "Singh signaled that much of the new government spending will go to engineering and applied sciences," Bagla adds.

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.