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Allan Brown, David Matthews

QuantuMDx appointed Allan Brown as chief operating officer and David Matthews as chief financial officer. Brown was previously COO and a board director at Genedrive where he oversaw the launch of the company's PCR-based platform, also called Genedrive, for diagnosing hepatitis C. He previously was at Qiagen and Tepnel Life Sciences. Matthews was previously CFO at Contextual Genomics and was part of the founding team at GenomeDx Biosciences. 

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.