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Oxford Nanopore Technologies: John O'Higgins, Clive Brown

John O'Higgins and Clive Brown have joined the board of directors of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, the company said this week. According to a regulatory filing, the appointments were made last September. Brown is the company's chief technology officer. O'Higgins, who joined the board as a non-executive director, is the former CEO of Spectris, an instrumentation and controls company. He holds non-executive roles at several other companies and is a member of the corporate advisory board of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity in the UK.

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.