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Pairings: Mar 11, 2009

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The Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics announced that Joshua LaBaer will be the center's new director. Most recently, LaBaer served as director of the Harvard Institute of Proteomics.


Agendia has tapped Al Luderer to serve on its supervisory board. Luderer is CEO of BioTrove, and he is on the scientific advisory board at Washington University's Department of Biomedical Engineering. He formerly was CEO of Light Sciences Corporation, and he has been COO at BioMerieux. He also previously served as VP of technology development and support at Boehringer Mannheim.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.