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Now There's a Vote of Confidence If Ever We've Seen One

The UK's Medical Research Council got a new chairman last October, and already Parliament members have issued a report saying they have "serious reservations" about him, according to this article in the Guardian. MPs cite both the lack of transparency surrounding Sir John Chisholm's appointment as well as doubts that he can successfully lead the funding agency through its restructuring. Hey, John, chin up: you may not have a mandate, but you've got oversight of £500m a year -- and that ain't bad.


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.