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What, You Don't Live in the Lab?

Dr. Mom, unlike her colleagues, puts in a 40-hour work week and is still successful. "It seems like most of my colleagues (women and men) work crazy 10, 12+ hour days. Often you hear people comparing the academic version of war stories almost as if it is a contest to see who has worked the longest day. But I have never been like that," Dr. Mom blogs.

Mike the Mad Biologist adds on his own blog that there are a variety of reasons why some researchers spend more time working than others, the first one being that they just like it. Other reasons he offers include time management problems, inadequate support staff, and lack of managerial support. "Just to be clear, there are times when you have to work long hours — looming grant deadlines, something unexpectedly comes up, and so on. But there's also a lot of bad behavior at various levels too," Mike blogs.

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.