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Rajiv Doshi, Francis Collins, Spencer Abraham, Elias Zerhouni


Rajiv Doshi has joined De Novo Ventures, a Menlo Park, Calif., early-stage life sciences venture capital firm, as a principal, the company this week.

Doshi is currently a lecturer at Stanford University’s Department of Medicine, where he has taught courses in design of medical devices.

He was previously consulting with medical device companies in the gastroenterology, pulmonology, and cardiology areas, and is on the medical advisory board of Lunar Design, which performs industrial design and engineering. He also has five patents either issued or pending for medical devices he created.

Human genome sequencing leaders Francis Collins and Aristedes Patrinos were honored this week with awards from the US Department of Energy.

Collins is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Patrinos leads the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research at its Office of Science. They were honored with the DOE’s highest award for completing the human genome project in April, over two years ahead of schedule.

The awards ceremony took place at the DOE headquarters, and was presided over by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and NIH director Elias Zerhouni.


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.