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Under the Watchful Eye

The US Justice Department is investigating hiring practices at tech and biotech companies, including Google, Apple, Yahoo, and Genentech, says the New York Times. The antitrust investigation is looking into whether there is a gentleman's agreement among the companies to not actively recruit each other's employees. "Most companies have a hands-off list," says Ken Perluss, a former director for talent acquisition at Yahoo.

TechCrunch says the Justice Department has it all wrong. "Stealing employees from each other is a way of life for tech companies. Silicon Valley is one of the most competitive employment markets in the country—for CEOs and VPS to engineers," Erick Schonfeld writes.

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.