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Curiouser and Curiouser

Researchers and developers at MIT and the Smithsonian Institute are trying to get kids interested in science — by turning it into a game, says The Boston Globe's Alli Knothe. In early April, they plan to launch a new website called Vanished, in which middle schoolers will use scientific tools and methods — data collection, research, and peer consultation — to help solve a scientific mystery. For eight weeks, they will receive weekly clues on the site and access to games that "will help them achieve an understanding of scientific concepts they will need to solve the mystery," Knothe says. The idea, the developers say, is to get kids excited about science and get them thinking about pursuing scientific careers.

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.