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Myriad Genetics: Walter Gilbert, Daniel Skovronsky

Myriad Genetics has expanded its board of directors to 10 members with the election of Daniel Skovronsky, CSO and president of Lilly Research Laboratories at Eli Lilly. Skovronsky will serve on the research and product innovation committee within Myriad’s board. Additionally, Myriad announced that Walter Gilbert, the director and vice chair of the board, will retire from these positions at the firm's annual stockholder meeting in December. Gilbert cofounded Myriad and received a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1980 for his development of rapid DNA sequencing technology. 

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.