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Thanks for the Service

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Director Jeremy Berg was awarded the American Chemical Society's 2011 Public Service Award. "I am very pleased that ACS is recognizing such an effective advocate for basic research who has worked to increase the visibility of chemistry at NIH," says Nancy Jackson, the ACS president, in an NIH press release. "Dr. Berg's contributions will be felt for years to come, as he has focused on developing and motivating the next generation of scientists." He shares the award with Norman Neureiter, who directs the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Berg announced in December that he will be leaving his position at NIGMS at the end of June.

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.