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People in the News: Joffre Baker, Steven Shak, Felix Baker

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Joffre Baker is no longer chief scientific officer at Genomic Health, the company disclosed this week in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Baker is now a senior fellow at the company. Steven Shak, chief medical officer, has assumed responsibility for managing the research operations, which were formerly handled by Baker.

Additionally, Genomic Health's board of directors appointed Felix Baker as a member of the board and to the board's compensation committee. He is currently director of Seattle Genetics and Synageva BioPharm. He holds a BS and PhD in immunology from Stanford University.

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.