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People in the News: Philippe Froguel, Jane Rogers, Mario Caccamo

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Qatar Biomedical Research Institute has appointed Philippe Froguel to head its planned Genomic Medicine Research Centre.

Froguel currently serves as chair of genomic medicine at Imperial College London and also runs a research laboratory focused on genetics and multifactorial diseases at Institut Pasteur de Lille. His research is focused on the genetics of diabetes and obesity.


Jane Rogers will step down from her position as director of the Genome Analysis Centre in Norwich, UK, according to the center.

Rogers has been director of the center for the past five years. Mario Caccamo, head of bioinformatics at TGAC, has been appointed deputy director and will temporarily lead the center until a new director is named.

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.