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Seer: Omead Ostadan

Omead Ostadan will join Redwood City, California-based proteomics firm Seer as president and chief operating officer, effective June 29. He will also join the company's board of directors. Ostadan is currently chief product and marketing officer and a member of the executive management team of Illumina. He joined Illumina in 2007 as VP of marketing after the firm acquired Solexa, where he served in the same position. Prior to that, he held various marketing roles at Applied Biosystems. Ostadan holds a BS in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.