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In the Trenches

Over at her blog, FemaleScienceProfessor tells a story from her postdoc days about sexist run-ins that she had at her institution. How her supervisor always said that the people making the comments must have been kidding and that she just wasn't getting it. "It made more sense to him that these guys were joking than that they were being (at best) patronizing obstacles or (at worst) insidious sexists who liked to humiliate women. Therefore, I must be the problem," she writes. She adds that while progress has been made to better the work environment for women in science since her postdoc, there is still a need "to work for even more improvement."

HT: DrdrA, YoungFemaleScientist

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.