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Spot-Checking Spotty Data

Part of the blame when young scientists go astray may be assigned to their mentors, says a study in the September Science and Engineering Ethics journal. The authors found that of 45 trainees who committed research misconduct, three-quarters of their mentors had never looked at their results and two-thirds of the mentors never taught them how to keep a proper lab notebook. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the authors suggest that PIs spot-check trainees' work and teach them about laboratory procedures and ethics.

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.