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A Poster to Show that Talks are Tops

Eva Amsen at Expression Patterns posted an informal poll for her readers, asking whether they prefer talks or poster presentations at scientific meetings. At her blog, Amsen presents — on a poster — data and comments to suggest that, while both are useful, talks trump posters. Of 165 voters, more than 75 percent indicated that they prefer communicating science through talks. In a comment, Ben K says that "posters are more work and often you get a smaller audience." However, Nicolau Werneck says that smaller audiences make it easier for researchers to tailor their poster presentations to the listeners. Commenter Amanda Szucsik says that while talks are great for "getting the word out on your work" to a larger audience, posters offer both presenters and their listeners "a more detailed, intimate discussion of specifics." Both, Szucsik adds, "are challenging, both are useful."

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.