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There It Goes

The 2007 Journal of Clinical Oncology paper from Duke University's Anil Potti and his colleagues on pharmacogenomic strategies to treat people with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer has been retracted, reports Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch. In the retraction, the article authors write that they "wish to retract this article because they have been unable to reproduce the experiments." Oransky notes that it is the journal's policy to have each author agree to the retraction and its wording and reports that Potti agreed to the retraction. Potti has also falsely said that he is a Rhodes Scholar and Oransky says that Potti "may have also faked an analysis of how breast cancer responds to chemotherapy."

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.