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The “Futurology” of Biopharma

Deepak Singh writes about a report commissioned by British Telecom, which examines the future of the biopharma industry. The core argument of the report, writes Singh at business|bytes|genes|molecules, is that the industry needs to change “by becoming one part of the healthcare ecosystem, one driven by communication technologies and the increased digitization of patient information.” He tackles some key features of the report, called “Pharma Futurology: Joined-up healthcare, 2016 and beyond,” including whether drug development based on in silico models is really only a decade away, the need for physicians to redefine their roles, and in what form personalized medicine will actually materialize.

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.