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Well, If You Don't Want It...

Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, went down to Capitol Hill where Senators Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter gave her a hard time about the small, $442 million increase that HHS has projected for the 2010 National Institutes of Health budget, reports The Scientist. "I would urge you to take another look at that figure," Specter says. "We are in jeopardy of losing a generation of young research scientists. And I think we have to maintain the growth rate." Sebelius responds that she shares their concern but thinks that $10 billion NIH received from the stimulus bill will help.

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.