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Nina Fedoroff, David Livingston

Sigma-Aldrich said last week board member Nina Fedoroff has been named one of eight scientists who will receive the 2006 National Medal of Science. Fedoroff and the other recipients will receive their medals at a White House ceremony on July 27. The awards were established in 1959 by Congress and are administered by the National Science foundation.
Fedoroff also this week was named science and technology adviser to US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. As a science adviser at the US Department of State, Fedoroff will function as the department’s chief scientist and as its principal liaison to scientific communities.
Fedoroff serves as the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences in the department of biology and the Evan Pugh professor in biology at Penn State University.

Ensemble Discovery this week appointed David Livingston senior vice president of biology. He will lead the company’s biodetection business. He had been president of Biomedical Strategies Consulting where he advised clients on new therapeutic targets and technologies for drug development. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Spherics and Praelux, now part of GE Healthcare.

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.