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Serving the Sentence and More

Over at The Scientist there's an article about how aftereffects of scientific misconduct —even after a scientist completed their term of disbarment imposed by the Office of Research Integrity — persist. In the age of Google, the article says, the reprimands received sometimes long ago are easily found and have lingering effects on that scientist's career. At Adventures in Ethics and Science, Janet Stemwedel discusses the article and then gives some of her own insight. "Given the amount of information available online, it's unlikely that scientists who have been caught in misconduct can fly completely under the radar. … But if this is transparency following upon actions that deceived one's scientific community, it might be the start of effective remediation," she writes. "Admitting that you have broken trust may be the first real step in earning that trust back."

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.