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Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has joined Pathway Genomics' strategic advisory board. As a legislator, Gingrich was involved in efforts to increase the National Institutes of Health's budget and to reform Medicare. He also put forth proposals to improve the US Food and Drug Administration's activities. He left Congress in 1999 and founded the Center for Health Transformation in 2003. He ran for president in 2012.

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.