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Stop Asking Me That!

Scientists try to answer questions for a living, says Benchfly's Alan Marnett. But certain questions asked by family and friends may "trigger a primal response" after being asked over and over again, he adds. To avoid any "future explosions," it's best to identify these questions early on and warn people not to ask them. The most annoying question to be asked, according to Marnett's poll, is: "When are you going to graduate?" It is followed closely by: "Explain to me what you do, again?"

Daily Scan wants to know, what are the most annoying questions you hear?

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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.