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Saving Time and Wasting Time

Microsoft released a software tool to help researchers write their scientific articles. The Article Authoring Add-in for Word lets users structure their docs based on the formats required by publishers (the code is openly accessible so users can tweak it) and the articles can be converted into PubMed Central's XML format for archiving.

If you're more of an online document-sharer, TechCrunch takes a look at Labmeeting, a social networking site for scientists where people can upload, manage, and share their papers. A word of caution: a disclaimer on the Labmeeting site says that by posting to their site, users grant them "a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content." Commenters on the TechCrunch site point out there are a lot of sites with the same goal already out there.


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.