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You Can Take the Science out of Politics, But...

An editorial at Science Progress says that as Americans prepare to inaugurate a new president, they should also think differently about their stem cell politics. "The stem cell wars have provided a great example of how not to conduct the politics of science," writes Marcy Darnovsky, associate executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society. While the majority of Americans have favored embryonic stem cell research since 2004, that doesn't mean it's an all-or-nothing view. Instead of trying to take the politics out of science, Darnovsky says that more emphasis should be placed on hammering out sound ethical policies and regulations and cutting back on the "exaggeration and hype that's tainted the stem cell debate."

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.