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Time to Take Matters into Your Own Hands

In case the good folks at the US National Academy of Sciences are growing tired of releasing their election-year reports advocating good government practices to promote science and technology, Chris Mooney understands. His article at Science Progress says that "these valuable reports have been more or less ignored" by the Bush administration. Perhaps in response, recent reports have begun to "call upon the nation's scientific community -- and particularly its membership societies -- to appoint its most promising young researchers to serve in government science and technology posts," Mooney adds.


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.