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Just Don't Let YouTube Suck You In

A post at Ars Technica predicts that the move toward open source textbooks has only just begun. Even though the incentive isn't quite there, some faculty are trying out using blogs, wikis, Second Life, and YouTube to engage and interact with their students -- instead of requiring them to buy hundreds of dollars worth of texts. One example is Christopher Rice, a lecturer in political science at the University of Kentucky, who has kept his students' reading list to under $40 by providing online articles and links to books at Project Gutenberg for older texts.

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.