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New Year's Resolutions for the President's Science Council

The current President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has a few suggestions for its successor, reports ScienceInsider. First, the transition letter acknowledges what ScienceInsider calls an "open secret" that the current council focused mainly on technology and its impact on the economy. Then, for the next iteration, the current council suggests keeping the council size small, with 20 to 25 members, to have more active researchers onboard, follow up on reports, and, finally, it gives some pointers on how to interact with the administration and Congress.

 

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.