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STEM Education and Tasmanian Devils Take to the Screen

For the pilot episode of its STEM education-focused special "It Ain't Rocket Science," Time Warner Cable's news channel NY1 spoke with Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina to learn more about the transmissible cancer that threatens to wipe out the shrinking Tasmanian devil population, devil facial tumor disease. "In the five-minute interview, DiChristina and [NY1's Kafi] Drexel discuss the manner of the cancer's transmission and the danger it poses," Scientific American says at its Observations blog.

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.