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People in the News: Biogazelle Names New COO; Thermo Fisher Adds Sabatini to SAB


Biogazelle this week announced the appointment of Kris Vanhercke as chief operating officer.

Vanhercke most recently served as sales director for Roche Diagnostics Belgium. Prior to that he served as a business unit manager at Roche for various life sciences, molecular diagnostics, and tissue diagnostics technologies. He began his career in scientific sales at Boehringer Mannheim.

Biogazelle said that Vanhercke will help the company market its products and services for qPCR, gene expression, and microRNA and long non-coding RNA expression.

Thermo Fisher Scientific said this week that it has appointed David Sabatini to its scientific advisory board.

Sabatini is a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where he studies the basic mechanisms of cell growth. He has several affiliations with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serving as senior associate member of The Broad Institute, a member of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and associate professor of biology. He is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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.