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People in the News: Oct 22, 2009

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CombiMatrix said that it has appointed Chris Emery as the COO of its subsidiary, CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics. The company has also named Lony Lim as the subsidiary's vice president of operations.

Emery previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at diagnostics firm Response Genetics. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Lim formerly was director of scientific affairs, director of flow cytometry, and director of anatomic pathology at US Labs. He holds a BS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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.