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Paired Ends: Rickard Sandberg, Paul Billings

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The European Molecular Biology Organization has named 22 researchers as EMBO Young Investigators, including Rickard Sandberg at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Sandberg has been working on methods for single-cell transcriptome sequencing. The EMBO Young Investigators receive €15,000 ($19,400) per year for three years.


Paul Billings has been appointed to Trovagene's scientific advisory board. Billings is currently chief medical officer at Life Technologies and serves on the scientific advisory board of the US Food and Drug Administration, the Genomic Medicine Advisory Committee at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's roundtable on genomics. Previously, he served as director and chief scientific officer of El Camino Hospital and senior vice president for corporate development at Laboratory Corporation of America. He holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in immunology, also from Harvard.

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.