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Twist Bioscience: Erin Smith

Twist Bioscience has appointed Erin Smith to the newly created position of senior VP of government affairs and public policy.

According to federal disclosure records, Smith registered as a lobbyist for Twist in December 2019, while at Smith Capitol Strategies. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Houston Law Center.

Prior to Twist, Smith worked at Gilead Sciences, where she expanded the firm's lobbying efforts. Before that, she was an advisor to former Secretary of Energy and former Governor of Texas Rick Perry.

Smith holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center and a master of public health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

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.