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Broad Institute: Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt has been appointed as chair of the Broad Institute's board of directors. He will begin his term on June 8 and will succeed Louis Gerstner Jr., who has served as chair of the board since 2013. Schmidt joined the board in 2012. He is the former CEO and chair of Google and a cofounder of Schmidt Futures, a philanthropy organization. Prior to Google, he held leadership positions at Novell and Sun Microsystems.

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.