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So Much for New Ideas

The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog reports that Pfizer named Martin Mackay as the new chief of their struggling R&D program. Jacob Goldstein adds that Mackay, who has been at Pfizer for over ten years, is an odd choice since Pfizer had been looking to bring in fresh blood. Pfizer also announced the launch of a dedicated biotech unit in San Franciso that will be run by Corey Goodman.

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.