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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy has recognized DNA Direct CEO and Co-founder Ryan Phelan with its Award for Patient Service.

"Phelan's work has dramatically improved patient access to genetic information," Howard McLeod, director of IPIT, said in a statement.

Before launching DNA Direct in 2005, Phelan founded Direct Medical Knowledge in 1995. The web-based resource for personalized medical information was acquired by WebMD in 1999. Even earlier in her career, Phelan was the founding director of Planetree, a nonprofit consumer health-care organization.

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Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.