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Leroy Hood, Michael Hunkapiller, Nina Fedoroff

The Pittsburgh Conference announced this week that Leroy Hood will deliver the plenary lecture during the opening session of Pittcon 2008 in New Orleans March 2. Hood is the president of the Institute for Systems Biology.
Pittcon also will present its Heritage Award to Michael Hunkapiller, the former president of Applied Biosystems, at Pittcon. Hunkapiller is presently a general partner at venture capital firm Alloy Ventures.

Nina Fedoroff has resigned from the board of Sigma-Aldrich to become Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Science and Technology Adviser, the company said this week. Fedoroff was named to the position two weeks ago. During her three-year term as Science and Technology Adviser, she will be on leave from Penn State University where she is a professor of biology.
Sigma-Aldrich has not named her replacement yet, a company spokesman said.

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.