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Pairings: Dec 31, 2008

23andMe has hired Sarah Imbach to take over the role of chief operating officer and Larry Tesler to be a product fellow. Imbach formerly was VP of revenue and customer operations, and she previously was a senior VP of customer service operations and fraud at PayPal.
Tesler has been VP of user experience and design and a research fellow at Yahoo, and he formerly was VP of shopping experience at

Mark Lewis has been named senior VP of development at Illumina, a role in which he will be responsible for global product development efforts. Lewis came to Illumina from Becton Dickinson Biosciences, where he was an executive involved in business development, and he recently was VP of special order research products. He also was involved in genomics technology research, gene characterization and discovery, and disease profiling at Aeomecia, and he led genotyping and DNA sequencing research at Molecular Dynamics.

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Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.