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People in the News: Paul Meister

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Quanterix said this week that it has added Paul Meister to its board of directors.

Meister is co-founder of Liberty Lane Partners, a private investment firm focused on healthcare and distribution-related businesses that acquired inVentiv Health, a provider of commercial, consulting, and clinical research services. He also is a former chairman of the board of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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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.