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On his blog, DrugMonkey discusses the argument that junior reviewers become bogged down in the details in study sections and don't focus on the quality of the science. DrugMonkey says some of these complaints may be due to how less established scientists think or are taught study sections and reviews should go, based upon the feedback they have themselves received. "Is it any wonder they direct the same critiques at the applications they review?" asks DrugMonkey.

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.