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Generics, Pricing, and Eye of Newt

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, James Mullen, CEO of Biogen Idec and chairman of BIO, recounts the successes of the biotech industry while warning that "a witch's brew of initiatives" currently proposed by US lawmakers could have a serious impact on the field.

Since Mullen's article was published, a number of people have responded through the WSJ blog. You can check out that running discussion here.

 

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.