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Let's Hear It for the Gloom and Doom Department

The drama continues over Pfizer's deal for Wyeth. This Review & Outlook opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal doesn't mince words about the situation, starting off with this: "Emergency is too strong a word for Pfizer's $68 billion agreement to buy Wyeth, but not by much. The deal shows the afflictions that beset the larger American pharmaceutical industry, which ought to concern anyone who cares about U.S. medical innovation." And just in case you thought there might be good news down the line, the column goes on to warn about political stumbling blocks within FDA, and refers to Pfizer's CEO as "a lawyer who came to the drug giant from McDonald's in 2006 and has been laying off scientific staff all over the place."

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.