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They Can't Do It Alone

Adaptive Complexity's Michael White thinks that the presidential candidates need to think about appointing a chief science adviser as soon as possible, according to a report from the National Academies. In order to have the best advice possible handy, the next administration needs to hit the ground running, he says. While the science advisor doesn’t necessarily get to handpick science and technology administrative heads, "the political guys, if they are interested in reality-based government, should have input from a real scientist when making these decisions."

 

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.