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The US Food and Drug Administration said it is looking into ways to facilitate the approval of medical devices, Reuters reports. According to an FDA press release, part of the plan to improve the 510(k) approval process includes changing the review process for some lower-risk medical devices, specifying when a premarket submission should include clinical data, and creating a Center Science Council made up of FDA experts. The agency is also asking the Institutes of Medicine for its thoughts on the proposed changes, Reuters adds. Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more here.

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.