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Gilead's Plan


Gilead Sciences wants to turn cancer into a condition that patients can manage with medication, even if they have to live with it for a long time, says CNN Money's Geoff Colvin. Colvin interviewed Gilead's CEO, John Martin, about his plans for Gilead and the company's plans to develop a new initiative to fight cancer. Gilead has just signed a new agreement with Yale to help identify molecular targets that could be inhibited in order to put cancer into remission, Martin says. "Just look at how, with HIV, we were able to come up with multiple products that we could use in combination to keep HIV basically in remission in a patient and let the patient live a normal life. With our chemistry and biological expertise, we envision doing a similar thing for cancer chemotherapy," he tells Colvin. Martin also says he wants to create medications that take into account real-world behavior of patients, and make it simple — not complicated — for patients to take their prescribed drugs.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.