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Time for Plan B

Former Senator Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination as the secretary of Health and Human Services amidst questions over his taxes and time spent as an adviser to an investment firm and to a Washington law firm. "I realized that I can't pass health care if I am too much of a distraction," Daschle says. The Obama administration is now scrambling to find someone to fill the HHS post. People thought to be under consideration include the governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, Pennsylvania's governor, Edward Rendell, the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, and John Kitzhaber, the former governor of Oregon.

Another post in the Obama administration that is still up for grabs is the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. At the Intersection, Chris Mooney says FDA has been fraught with problems, most recently involving peanut butter. Mooney's choice would be Susan Wood, who was the director of women's health there.

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.