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Yourgene Health: Joanne Mason, Bill Chang

Joanne Mason has been promoted to CSO and director of Yourgene Health. Since joining the company in late 2019, she had been director of research and development. Previously, she was VP of biodiscovery at Cambridge Epigenetix and director of sequencing and sample acquisition at Genomics England. Mason holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Cambridge.

Bill Chang has taken on the role of chief entrepreneur at Yourgene Health while remaining a company director. In his new position, he will focus on new scientific collaborations and business ventures.

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.