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Time to Dust Off Those Business Plans

This article from Forbes reports on a new venture capital fund started by three former executives of Millennium Pharmaceuticals: Mark Levin, Kevin Starr, and Bob Tepper. They just raised $378 million for what they're calling Third Rock Ventures. According to the article, the fund will be closely managing startup companies, and will "only look at a few biotechs, each getting a few tens of millions of dollars."

 

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.