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The National Academy of Engineering has awarded Leroy Hood the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize of $500,000 for his work in automating DNA sequencing. Hood was a key proponent of the Human Genome Project and he is the president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He has also helped launch companies such as Amgen and Applied Biosystems.


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.