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A Round of Applause

Susan Lindquist at the Whitehead Institute and Stanley Prusiner from the University of California, San Francisco, were among the researchers who received the National Medal of Science Wednesday at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The White House said that Lindquist is being honored "her studies of protein folding [that are] facilitating insights in fields as wide-ranging as human disease, evolution, and biomaterials" and Prusiner is being lauded "for his discovery of prions … and his continuing efforts to develop effective methods for detecting and treating prion diseases."

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.