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Andrew Last

Bio-Rad Laboratories has appointed Andrew Last as executive VP and chief operating officer, responsible for all operating functions of the company on a global basis. Last was most recently CCO at Berkeley Lights and prior to that he served as COO at Intrexon. He was executive VP and COO at Affymetrix between 2010 and 2016, and has also previously held senior positions at Becton Dickinson, Applied Biosystems, Incyte Genomics, and Monsanto.

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.