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Science Trumps Politics -- at Least in Theory

In this Q&A with Nina Fedoroff, science adviser to the US secretary of state, topics run from genetically modified food to the need for scientific advocacy in government. Fedoroff's take on GM food is simple: "There’s almost no food that isn’t genetically modified. Genetic modification is the basis of all evolution." As for science in government, Fedoroff makes the case that scientific alliances can succeed where other kinds of diplomacy fail -- "because science is more collaborative than other types of endeavors," she tells the New York Times. "It aspires to more democratic principles than many political systems because we have an external reference."

 

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.