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Congenica: Muthu Meyyappan

Congenica has hired Muthu Meyyappan as chief commercial officer. Meyyappan will lead the UK-based company's global sales and marketing efforts from Congenica's US headquarters in Boston. He comes to Congenica from Variantyx, where he also served as CCO. Previous jobs include VP for advanced genomics commercial operations at Qiagen and chief business officer for Biobase, a company Qiagen acquired in 2014.

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.