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A Pretty Nice Pasture

The former president of product development at Genentech, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, will be taking up a chancellor post at the University of California, San Francisco, after the Board of Regents votes on her appointment later this week, reports the WSJ Health Blog. Before joining Genentech, Desmond-Hellman trained at UCSF, then practiced as an oncologist. At Genentech, she oversaw the development of Avastin, Herceptin, and Rituxan.

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.