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Catalog DNA: David Turek

Catalog DNA, a startup pursuing DNA data storage and computing technology, has named David Turek as CTO. He will oversee technical strategy, business development, and collaborations. Turek joins Catalog after 20 years at IBM, where he led commercialization of the Deep Blue supercomputer, which famously defeated chess legend Garry Kasparov in a series of matches held in 1997. Turek was also involved in creating IBM's Roadrunner and Blue Gene supercomputers.

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.