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Tempus: Christopher Mason

Christopher Mason is planning to take a leave of absence from his post as associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine to work on COVID-19 testing, including at Tempus, Biotia, and labs in Wisconsin and New York City. Chicago-based Tempus said in June that Mason has joined the firm as VP of emerging genome technology. He holds a PhD in genetics from Yale University and a dual BS degree in genetics and biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.