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PerkinElmer: Michel Vounatsos

PerkinElmer has appointed Michel Vounatsos to its board of directors, effective March 1. He is currently CEO of Biogen. Before that, he was at Merck, where he held several leadership positions, including president of the Primary Care Customer Business Line and Merck Customer Centricity. Earlier in his career, he held management positions at Ciba-Geigy. 

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.