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Young Stars

Forbes' Matthew Herper lists the "the top 30 rising stars in science and health," a list that includes a few 'omics names. The list, he adds, was generated with the help of Forbes producers and three judges: Yale's Harlan Krumholz, Harvard's George Church, and Andy Plump from Sanofi.

On it are UCLA's Christina Agapakis, who works on synthetic biology; Immumetrix's Christina Fan, who focuses on prenatal genetic testing; and Caltech's Mitchell Guttman, who helped uncover lincRNAs; Isaac Kinde at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who is working to improve the accuracy of DNA sequencing technology; and Adina Mangubat at Spiral Genetics, who is offering a cloud-based solution to manage DNA sequencing data, among others.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.