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Women in the Lab

Around the blogosphere (Janet Stemwedel gives a quick round-up here), science bloggers are discussing whether women are accepted and taken seriously as scientists. Among the many issues that have cropped up is that women are not always taken seriously, particularly if they are feminine in dress or mannerisms -- though also if they are not. "The problem, you see, is that women aren't really allowed to be ANYTHING in science," Zuska writes. That, Stemwedel adds, is what they are trying to change. Men can help too: Abel Pharmboy chimes in to say he will always be "that guy" who pushes for women to be included.

 

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.