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Oops, Fake-Out

Merck published a journal containing reprinted or review articles that reported data favorable to the drug company, all without disclosing its sponsorship of the journal, says The Scientist. The journal, called the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, was published by a division of Elsevier, to which Merck paid an undisclosed sum, the article says. "To the jaundiced eye, [the journal] might be detected for what it is: marketing," Public Citizen's Peter Lurie says. "Many doctors would fail to identify that and might be influenced by what they read."

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.