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Does Scientific Policymaking Really Need Another Acronym?

At Science Progress, University of Sussex Ph.D. student Molly Morgan discusses ways to make science and technology policy debates more open and transparent. A key to successfully doing so is to encourage "broad deliberation," she writes, and suggests applying Multicriteria Mapping to these discussions. Developed by Andrew Stirling and others at the University of Sussex, MCM "is based on principles of deliberation, participatory public engagement, and the integration of both 'quantitative' and 'qualitative' approaches to policy appraisal."

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.