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Jai Nagarkatti, David Harvey, Lee McCollum, Avi Nash, Steven Paul, Pedro Reinhard, Timothy Sear, Dean Spatz, Barrett Toan, Rebecca Bergman, William O’Neill, Mimi Torrington, David Norwood, Riccardo Pigliucci, Trevor Nicholls, Hagan Bayley

Sigma-Aldrich has re-elected several members of its board of directors, including CEO Jai Nagarkatti, Chairman David Harvey, Lee McCollum, Avi Nash, Steven Paul, Pedro Reinhard, Timothy Sear, Dean Spatz, and Barrett Toan. The company also elected Rebecca Bergman to the board, and said that William O’Neill retired after being a director for 21 years.

Luminex has hired Mimi Torrington as director of investor relations, a company official said during the firm’s first-quarter conference call this week.

David Norwood, Riccardo Pigliucci, Trevor Nicholls, and Hagan Bayley have been appointed to the board of nanopore sequencing company Oxford Nanolabs, BioArray News sister publication In Sequence reported this week.
Bayley is a company founder and a professor of chemistry at the University of Oxford. Norwood, who chairs the board, is director of special projects at IP Group, one of the company’s investors. Pigliucci is a former president and chief operating officer of Perkin-Elmer, which is now Applera. Nicholls is a former chief commercial officer of Affymetrix and the former commercial director of the life science business of Amersham International, now part of GE Healthcare.

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.