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A Little Reorganization

The US National Human Genome Research Institute will be reorganizing itself to "accommodate broad changes in its mission," says a National Institutes of Health news release. NHGRI's extramural research program is to be split into four new divisions: genome sequencing, genomic medicine, genomics and society, and extramural operations.

"This reorganization reflects the expanding scope of genomics research, as described in NHGRI's new strategic vision published in Nature last year," says Eric Green, the director of NHGRI in a statement. "The mission of the institute has dramatically evolved from the singular focus on the Human Genome Project, for which NHGRI was created, to pursuing an exciting and broad set of opportunities for using genomics to advance medical science and improve human health."

The genome sciences division will be lead by Jeffrey Schloss, while Teri Manolio will head up genomic medicine. Bettie Graham and Mark Guyer will head the extramural operations and genomics and society division, respectively.

The reorganization will be effective the first of October, which is the start of the 2013 fiscal year.

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.