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Long Live the Lab? Maybe Not

On his blog the Philosopher’s Playground, professor Steve Gimbel argues for the removal of laboratory classes from college curricula. He says that offering lab classes prevents more interesting theory-based lectures from being taught and scares away the non-science majors -- and, he adds, these labs don't teach students anything anyway. But physicist Chad Orzel responds that labs courses can be instructive if they are well designed and implemented.

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.