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Becton Dickinson: Kristen Stewart

Becton Dickinson has appointed Kristen Stewart to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations, reporting to BD's CFO Chris Reidy. Stewart will work with the BD executive team beginning Aug. 31 to drive shareholder value and to deliver and communicate the company's long-term growth strategy, BD said in a statement. Stewart has worked with investment banks for nearly two decades as a healthcare analyst specializing in medical technology, most recently leading the medical technology research division at Barclays Capital.

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.