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A Non-Endorsement

The University of California walkout, scheduled to take place tomorrow, is "a moral, pragmatic and political misstep," write Jonathan Eisen and his colleague in the German department, Winder McConnell, in the Sacramento Bee. Above all, they say, professors have an obligation to their students and that "the classroom is sacrosanct." They write:

This is an unacceptable use of students as pawns in this high-stakes game, especially those students and their families who are already shouldering a heavy financial burden that is soon likely to get much heavier.

Furthermore, Eisen and McConnell add that if the state budget gets tighter for next year, there could be additional cuts. "If we slash instructional time as a way to spread the pain, it will come back to bite us," they say. Eisen goes into more detail on his blog.

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.