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A Supplies Solution

Bitesize Bio contributor Megan Cartwright this week proposes a system to keep lab supply orders and fulfillments straight. "Ordering, receiving, auditing, and following-up on outstanding orders are all boring and time-consuming aspects of a lab manager's job," Cartwright says. But, "given the money involved and research's time-sensitive nature, these mundane but important tasks must be as simple as possible for all lab members," she adds.

To make it so, Cartwright suggests keeping a clipboard with fresh order sheets where every lab member can access it, a binder with hard copies of all order receipts, and designated spaces for fresh supplies as they come in. With the system in place, monthly upkeep — replenishing the order sheets, checking the receiving bins and supply stock, and following up on any outstanding orders — is all that's left to be done, she says.

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.