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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) today announced the formation of a National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) — a collaboration of government agencies and private companies to research microbiomes across different ecosystems.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

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Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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