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Researchers have found a way to turn fully formed cells into other kinds of tissue without needing to revert the cells back to an embryonic stem cell state first, reports Malcolm Ritter at the Associated Press. "It's like flying direct rather than scheduling a stopover," he adds.

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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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