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The Database Connection

Anne Wojcicki, the CEO and a co-founder of 23andMe, tells Nature's Soapbox Science blog that her company is moving toward working with pharmaceutical companies on phase 4, post-marketing studies. The company's database contains data from about 150,000 customers, the blog adds. "We definitely want to connect more and more with pharma partners to leverage the platform we've created," Wojcicki says. "The example I gave — phase 4 studies, following patients over time, understanding how they are using therapies, collecting quality of life data — it's something that we're perfectly set up to do." She adds that adding a genetic aspect to phase 4 studies could help identify both responders and adverse event subgroups.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.