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Norman Sharpless, the director of the National Cancer Institute, is to serve as the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the New York Times reports. The current commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, announced last week that he would be stepping down from his post as of next month.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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