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David Haussler, Lincoln Stein, Michael Stapleton

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has extended the appointment of David Haussler as an HHMI Investigator for five years, through August 2012. Haussler, a professor of biomolecular engineering and director of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz has been a HHMI investigator since 2000.
Haussler is developing new statistical and algorithmic methods to explore the molecular evolution of the human genome. His Genome Bioinformatics Group participates in the public consortium efforts to produce, assemble, and annotate the first mammalian genomes and hosts the UCSC Genome Browser.
Recent findings from Haussler's group include the existence of "ultra-conserved" elements in the human genome that have remained essentially unchanged across millions of years of evolution.

Lincoln Stein will join the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research one day per week as its director/senior principal investigator of informatics and biocomputing beginning Sept. 10. He will continue his duties with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory through the end of 2007, coming onboard OICR full-time in 2008.

BioWisdom, which offers healthcare software and intelligence to the pharmaceutical industry, has announced plans to expand its global sales and marketing activities under the direction of Michael Stapleton.

With over 20 years’ scientific software and informatics industry experience that includes positions at Invitrogen and Accelrys, Stapleton will now drive growth around BioWisdom’s Sofia platform, SRS and OmniViz

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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.