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Open Access on the Airwaves

Jonathan Eisen points to a story on Marketplace that discusses open-access publishing. (The text is here and audio here.) In it, Janet Babin starts out by speaking with Josh Summer who, after being diagnosed with a chordoma, set out to find out more about his disease. "I'd find an abstract, and I'd click on it. And oh, you have to pay $60 to read this article. Oh, you have to pay $40 to read this article. I mean, I have this disease, I want to know about it," Summer says. She then discusses open-access publishing and the NIH's open-access policy with Duke professor James Boyle and the American Physiological Society's Martin Frank. Boyle says it's only fair for taxpayers to have access to the research they funded while Frank says it may constrain publisher's abilities to recoup their costs.

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.