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The Unthinkable

This story at The Scientist brings up a new worry: what happens to your data, should you die? After seeing a colleague and a student die, the University of Wisconsin's Karen Strier, says she worked with another primate researcher to store her data, collected over the lifespan of her muriqui monkeys, online. Secondly, the article asks, what happens to your equipment, your grants, and your employees? "I don't know if it has to rise to the level of having a standing plan or a living will for your lab," the University of Wisconsin's Brian Baldo tells The Scientist, "but it's always a good idea to make sure it's clear where copies of the data are kept, where important information is."

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.