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Didn't Quite Get into MIT? Here's Your Chance to Take Courses Anyway

MIT's 1999 OpenCourseWare project is going strong. Three Quarks Daily links to an American Scientist posting that calls the initiative "an amazingly rich and generous resource." At the MIT site, users can download lecture notes, problem sets, and lecture videos for many of the almost 2000 course available — there is a course on computational and systems biology from 2004 and one on biological computing from 2005.

Too bad it doesn't actually lead to a degree.

 

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.