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CMS Nominee

President Joe Biden is to nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Politico reports.

According to CNN, Brooks-LaSure is currently a managing director at the professional services firm Manatt Health and also was part of the Biden-Harris transition team that reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, of which CMS is part. It adds that she previously served at CMS during the Obama Administration and worked on the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and before that was a staffer for the House Ways and Means Committee.

As head of the trillion-dollar agency, Brooks-LaSure would, if confirmed, oversee Medicare and Medicaid and be responsible for much of the ACA, including the insurance marketplace, the Washington Post adds. CNN notes she would also be tasked with undoing many of the changes made by the previous head of CMS, Seema Verma, such as cutting ACA marketing funding and narrowing the open enrollment period.

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.