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Will Do Research for Debt Relief

If you're over your head with student loan debt and are into doing clinical research, NIH has a program for you. They are now accepting applications for their extramural Loan Repayment Program. The LRP will pay up to $35,000 of your educational loan debt each year if you commit to doing at least two years of biomedical or behavioral research at a nonprofit institution. Just listen to the slogan: "You do the research. NIH will repay your student loans."

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.