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Migrations: Feb 27, 2009

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Fate Therapeutics announced this week that Rudolf Jaenisch, founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has joined the company's team of scientific founders.

In connection with the appointment, Fate Therapeutics also announced this week that it has completed an exclusive license agreement with the Whitehead Institute covering discoveries in the area of cell reprogramming.

Jaenisch is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute. He has coauthored more than 300 research papers, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has received awards including the First Peter Gruber Foundation Award in Genetics (2001), Robert Koch Prize for Excellence in Scientific Achievement (2002), Brupbacher Foundation Cancer Award (2003), Vilcek Prize (2007), and Massry Prize (2008).


Bio-Matrix Scientific Group announced this week that it has named Feng Lin and Marilyn Panahi to the newly created positions of laboratory/scientific director and quality assurance director, respectively.

Lin was previously a senior research scientist for R&D at Inovio Biomedical.

Prior to joining Bio-Matrix, Panahi was quality manager for Therapheresis.

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.