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Leading the Pack

The current issue of MIT’s Technology Review lists what it deems the “50 most innovative companies in the world.” Included among the top public biomedical companies are Alnylam, Illumina, and Nanosphere. Tech Review calls Illumina the “the fastest-growing genomics company.” On the top private biomedical companies list are Complete Genomics, Fluidigm, and Pacific Biosciences. Complete is included for “sequencing human genomes to order” and PacBio’s innovation, according to Tech Review, is: “accurate sequencing in real time.” Also on the list, in the private energy company category are Amyris, Joule Biotechnologies, and Synthetic Genomics.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.