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A Tweak to the Figures

A graduate student at Indiana University admits to falsifying data and figures in grant applications and journal articles, reports Writedit at the Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog. The student, Emily Horvath, has entered into a three-year voluntary settlement agreement, saying that she will exclude herself from participating in US Public Health Service advisory or peer review committees, and that any grant application that she is a part of must include a plan of how her duties will be supervised. The Scientist notes that the papers that include the falsified figures, which appeared in Endocrinology and Molecular Endocrinology, are in the process of being retracted.

Writedit also reports that a former Wyeth researcher, Boris Cheskis, has accepted to a two-year agreement after Office of Research Integrity found that he falsified figures submitted to NIH.

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.