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The Review Panel's Down the Hall From the Sword-Swallower

At Slate, Amanda Schaffer writes that the prospect of stimulus funds has "shaken the slow-moving world of research and whipped scientists into a near-paralytic frenzy." She also says that "the lure of stimulus funding has aroused such a carnival-esque atmosphere that many biomedical scientists have ceased doing much actual research" as researchers busily write new grants, particularly Challenge Grants. She says that Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Washington University are submitting, respectively, 300, 400, and 300 Challenge Grant applications.

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.