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Filling the Top Jobs

Tom Daschle, the former senator from South Dakota, is President-elect Obama's choice to head up the health and human services department. There, according to the New York Times, he will bring a "kind of moral passion to the campaign for universal coverage. Health care, he says, is rationed on 'the worst possible criteria: one's ability to pay or one's health condition.'"

Over at the Wall Street Journal, an article rounds up the shortlist for the next FDA head. According to the article Joshua Sharfstein, the head of the Baltimore Health Department, is at the top of that list. Sharfstein is known for denouncing Pfizer because they held a marketing event in a pool hall. Other names being floated include Steven Nissen, who is the head of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, and Janet Woodcock, who is a senior official at FDA.


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.