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The Modern FDA

Andrew von Eschenbach, the former FDA commissioner, is now an advisor at Newt Gingrinch's Center for Health Transformation, reports the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog. He will lead a project that aims to modernize FDA by increasing its effectiveness and to speed the approval of new drugs.

Also on the FDA front, the agency is looking into health information found on the Internet, the Health Blog adds. A hearing in November will address "regulations to promotion in these newer media. FDA is evaluating how the statutory provisions, regulations, and policies concerning advertising and promotional labeling should be applied to product-related information on the Internet and newer technologies," according to the Federal Register.

The Scan

Tennessee's COVID-19 Sequencing

The Tennessean reports that a state lab there can now run its own genome sequencing analyses of SARS-CoV-2 samples.

Charged with Sanction Violations

A former professor has been charged with exporting genetic sequencing equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions, the Miami Herald reports.

Prenetics to Go Public Through SPAC

Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based genomic and diagnostic company, is going public through a SPAC merger, according to 360Dx.

Nature Papers Examine Genomes of Centenarians, Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair

In Nature this week: analysis of centenarian genomes uncovers longevity-linked variants, and more.