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Movers & Shakers: Dec 24, 2010

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Fluorotechnics announced this week that Peter Bergquist, John Fletcher, Lars Utterman, and David Weber have stepped down from the company's board of directors.


Insilicos has appointed Jeff Howbert to the position of senior scientist.

A computer scientist and chemist, Howbert has collaborated with Insilicos on several research projects and has previously worked on drug and gene discovery for a variety of pharmaceutical and biotech firms, the company said.

The Scan

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.