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Berkeley Lights: Kurt Wood, Shaun Holt, Peter Leddy, and Mimi Healy

Berkeley Lights has selected Kurt Wood to replace Shaun Holt as chief financial officer, effective March 15, 2021. Wood is currently the firm's VP of business development.

Holt will remain with Berkeley Lights in an advisory capacity through April 30, 2021 to assist with the transition.

In addition, Peter Leddy has joined Berkeley Lights as chief human resources officer; and Mimi Healy will join the firm on Feb. 15, 2021 in the newly created customer-facing role of chief products officer.

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.