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What Are the Odds?

If you're worried about your odds of receiving a grant out of the stimulus package funds, a post at Science Insider says that you perhaps should have opted for a competitive revision. NIH received a meager 1,600 of those (compared to 20,000 Challenge Grant applications and the 2,400 letters of intent for the Grand Opportunity grants). Science Insider adds that NIH will fund about 600 of the competitive revision applications, and notes that's a success rate exceeding 30 percent.

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.