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We Didn't Go to All the Trouble of Publishing It Just So People Could Read It

Peter Suber has a post about two recent public statements from lobbyists opposing open access. In a joint letter to certain members of the US House of Representatives, the DC Principles Coalition and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers argue that the NIH mandate on open access clashes with the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, which "rightly prevents the government from imposing mandates that diminish copyright protection for private-sector, value-added research articles," according to the letter.


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.