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Thanks, But No Thanks

Blue Lab Coats' DrdrA was invited to give a talk at a meeting that is peripherally related to her work, so she decided to just attend that one day -- until she learned that the $700 registration fee isn't waived for speakers. "So, now I'm thinking to myself - giving a talk at a meeting is always a great thing on the CV… but wait a minute…  a.  DrDrA you do not yet have a grant, b.  $700 could buy a lot of TAQ polymerase, c. $700 is one heck of a lot ... to pay to give a 15 minute talk," Drdr A writes.

 

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.