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Brook Byers

Brook Byers is retiring from Veracyte's board of directors, effective on May 18 when the company will hold its annual shareholders' meeting, Veracyte said in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Byers has been on the company's board since 2007 and is a managing partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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.