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Karen Warner

CombiMatrix announced that it has hired Karen Warner to serve as its VP of payer access and reimbursement. She has joined CombiMatrix from Bako Integrated Physician Solutions, where she was director of payer relations. Prior to Bako, she was president of Touch Point Consulting, a payer relations consulting company focused on molecular diagnostics, genetics, and personalized medicine. Warner also previously worked in payer relations and reimbursement at Genoptix Medical Laboratories, Alkermes, and Sanofi-Synthelabo.

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.