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Women Scientists Can Have It All

At The Intersection, Sheril Kirshenbaum confronts the question of what it means to be a woman in science. She links to a new study that says the reason many women drop out of the race between postdoc and PI is due to their own choosing. Better role models would go a long way toward helping them see that successful women scientists can have families and lives outside the lab. "We need more visible women in science ... blazing a trail by setting the example for the next generation that we can be independent and successful without sacrificing a desired lifestyle -- whether as mothers, wives, or even fashionistas," writes Kirshenbaum.

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.