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This Week in Science: May 18, 2007

Science devotes this week's issue to behavioral science, with several special features. In one, six scientists who left academia for industry are profiled. Another looks at the career opportunities for neuromarketing. Finally, a survey of the job market in public opinion research shows that the field is expanding.

Two papers speak to the fact that both intuitions and emotions can can affect the way we process and understand scientific facts and reasoning.

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute have defined the function of WTX, a tumor suppressor gene that is mutated in Wilms tumor, an inherited kidney cancer. They found that the WTX protein forms a complex with several proteins in the WNT signaling cascade.

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.