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The Worst Form of Peer Review, Except for All the Others

Based on a British study of peer review, Science Insider asks how secret peer review should be. The survey found that 84 percent of respondents think "without peer review there would be no control in scientific communication" but that 32 percent say "it is the best that can be achieved." Nature's the Great Beyond blog adds that the respondents weren't sure how to make the process better. Of ways to improve peer review, 76 percent thought that a double-blind process might be better whereas 20 percent supported an open review.

Science Insider points out that Nature tried open peer review in 2006 and it, according to Nature at the time, was "not widely popular."

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.