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Bahija Jallal

Guardant Health has appointed Bahija Jallal to its board of directors, effective April 17. Jallal has served as the CEO of Immunocore Limited, a T cell receptor biotechnology company, since January 2019. Prior to that she served as executive VP of AstraZeneca and was president of MedImmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca, after holding various other research and development positions at the firm. Jallal is a member of the board of trustees at Johns Hopkins University and of UMB Health Sciences Research Park. She has also served as a past president of the Association for Women in Science.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.