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Out of the Frying Pan

Kathleen Sebelius edged one step closer to being the US Secretary of Health and Human Services yesterday when the Senate Finance Committee endorsed her, enabling a full Senate vote on her appointment. This article from the LA Times details the partisan bickering that went along with the committee vote and the criticism that has been raised about the Kansas governor, including income tax issues, improper reporting of political contributions, and supporting research on "the comparative effectiveness of drugs and medical procedures."

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.