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Steps to Make Yourself Indispensable

JuniorProf says that with the current economic climate, now's the time to be impressive. In his blog post, he outlines his own plan for making sure he's a valuable commodity to his institution. "Now is not the time for slacking. I've been traveling, working more hours than usual (and for me that's saying something) and generally saying yes to everything I can possibly handle," he writes. He's also "doing some extra homework on opportunities" like digging up new funding mechanisms and little-known foundations. And "just in case I do get the axe, no bridges are being burned. In fact, bridges are being actively maintained and some new ones are getting built," he adds.


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.