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Afterward, You Might Need a Vacation From Science

The NYT travel section calls Boston a town for science lovers. "If you're the kind of person whose idea of fun is probing the structure of DNA or designing a faster toy bobsled, Boston is an inspiring place to spend a few days." Some places to put on your itinerary are the MIT Museum, the Boston Museum of Science, Massachusetts General Hospital, and various museums of Harvard University. And, if you just want to chill geek-style, there are plenty of bars and restaurants, like MIT hangout and Chinese restaurant Mary Chung, that are "packed with nerds," says Eran Egozy, co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems, the video game developer Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

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.