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They Are Just in Hiding

Chris Mooney writes that the shortage of US scientists is a fallacy. In this Science Progress post, he takes a look at the numbers. The National Science Foundation's latest stats say that 29,854 science and engineering PhDs were produced in 2006 and that was the fourth year in a row that that number had increased. Instead, he says, the US is lagging in the rate of increase in the number of doctorates awarded in the sciences, as compared to China.

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.