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On her Adventures in Ethics and Science blog, Janet Stemwedel posts on some trends indicating a decline in peer-reviewed papers (fair warning: this decline has been spotted in the economics realm, but it's still an interesting lesson for scientists). Stemwedel discusses some of the practical problems of peer review, as well as the problems associated with skirting the review process and posting research, for instance, on a personal website instead.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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