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Ana Ward

Rosetta Genomics has appointed Ana Ward as executive vice president of legal and corporate development. Ward most recently served as chief operating officer of Aptamir Therapeutics, a biotech startup focused on microRNA-based therapeutics. Prior to that, she was general counsel and senior vice president for Asuragen, and its spinoff Mirna Therapeutics. Ward has also served as general counsel at Ambion and senior intellectual property counsel for Yum! Brands.

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.