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MS vs PhD

Should you have stopped at your Master’s degree? Derek Lowe on his blog discusses whether it's worth getting a PhD.

As he sums it up, it's easier to get hired as a non-PhD, but more difficult to advance very far. While PhDs can advance, they have a tougher time landing that hard-to-come-by job.

What's worst, says Lowe, is for a PhD to leave their degree off their application just to be hired and risk being found out. The comments section also gives insight into why people stop at an MS.

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.