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Paul Nurse on Funding

Paul Nurse suggests that funding agencies should pick out about 100 researchers from various fields to receive large, long-term grants, reports the UK's Times. Nurse, who received the 2001 Nobel prize in medicine, was nominated Friday to lead Britain's Royal Society, which has a £3.2 billion budget. "It is an interesting paradox, because we have quite a lot of people in the scientific endeavor, but not so many of them are people who are moving things significantly forward," Nurse tells the Times. "Much of the work is worthy, but the question is, do we have enough at that top end who make real discoveries? Are we attracting enough people there, and are we resourcing them enough?"

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.