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Cold Case, CDC Style

They're the Navy SEALs of emerging disease. An article in today's New York Times profiles a group that's part of the US Centers for Disease Control. This group, the Unexplained Deaths Project, is responsible for using interdisciplinary approaches to try to identify pathogens and other causes of previously inexplicable deaths.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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