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Plus, There's No Emoticon for 'Eureka!'

Social networks for scientists generally "make two assumptions that doom them to failure," says David Crotty, the Executive Editor of CSH Protocols, at Scholarly Kitchen. And those assumptions are that researchers network and communicate openly with others in their field constantly. However, as Crotty says: "Scientists tend to have fairly small trusted circles, and opinions (at least negative ones) are only expressed within these small groups." Crotty follows that post up with one noting that NIH is funding $12.2 million project to develop a "Facebook for scientists." "If there's any hope for success for such a network, the NIH is probably the best bet as the host and organizer," he says.

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.