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A Researcher Takes on a Biostatistician

In a YouTube animation, user JavaMama926 depicts hypothetical conversation between an investigator and a biostatistician and says that "this is what happens when two people are speaking different research languages." Watch their expertise and opinions collide — and frustrations emerge — as the researcher approaches the statistician to see whether his proposed patient sample size is adequate for a drug effectiveness trial as his grant deadline looms:

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.