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The US National Institutes of Health this week launched an online genetics education program for behavioral and social scientists, which will provide them sufficient background "to allow them to engage effectively in interdisciplinary research with genetics researchers," the agency says. NIH says that because many scientific outcomes are not fully explained by genetic, environmental, or social factors alone, interdisciplinary teamwork is critical. "The course will provide sufficient knowledge to support the integration of genetics concepts in the behavioral or social scientist's own research and will allow for collaborative studies with geneticists," NIH says in a statement. Behavioral and social scientists using the online course, "Genetics and Social Science: Expanding Transdisciplinary Research," can learn the material through their choice of case studies, the agency adds.

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.