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That's One Long To-Do List

President-elect Obama was the first major political candidate to leverage the Internet for networking and communication, and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping that train. In addition to his transition web site,, Obama CTO is a new site from Seattle-based software company Front Seat for recommending ideas to the nation's first CTO and voting on the ideas submitted by others, says Peter Suber at Open Access News. Suber’s just submitted a plug of his own: “Require open access to the results of non-classified research funded by taxpayers. Extend the exemplary policy now in place at the NIH to all federal agencies.” Go here for a link to his submission.

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.