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Waiting at the Mailbox

NIH's Center for Scientific Review has sent out 2,500 invitations to join their "College of CSR Reviewers," notes Writedit. The college members will review NIH applications in their areas of expertise as part of the mail-in step of a two-stage review process. In total, they'll look at 12 applications a year for two years and will have two weeks in which to do the review. DrugMonkey also offers his two-cents' worth. "Feedback from those who sat on the second stage of the Transformative and Challenge reviews this summer sure wasn't all that positive ... but then CSR seems to frequently steam forward with great enthusiasm on changes where I can't seem to find anyone who is in favor of them," he 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.