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Dartmouth's Gilbert Welch and UW's Wylie Burke teamed up to write an opinion piece in today's Newsday about the merits of consumer genomics. Though it sounds promising, they say the tests don't provide definitive information, especially about treatment. "We need more research, not pricey genomic scans. Until then, save your money, and spare your health," they write.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

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