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A Helping Hand for High Schools

This fall, Tufts University is lending $40,000 worth of scientific equipment to four Boston high schools so the students can learn how to use the latest lab technology, reports the Boston Globe's June Wu. Using the equipment, their own DNA, and the help of Tufts undergrads, the high school students will try to determine the region of the world that their maternal ancestors came from. They'll also be doing experiments on soy-based foods to see if they've been genetically modified, Wu adds. "We'll be able to do today's science in the classroom, not just the science of 10 years ago," says Sebastian LaGambina, head of the science department at Somerville High School.

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.