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Bryan Carey and Frederick Hessler

PierianDx has appointed Bryan Carey and Frederick Hessler to its board of directors. Carey currently serves as the executive vice president, CFO and director of Sunspire Health. Prior to joining Sunspire, he served as the president and CFO of 21st Century Oncology, served as managing director of Vestar Capital Partners, and served as CFO and managing director of Aearo in Europe. Hessler currently serves on the boards of Surgical Care Affiliates the LHP Hospital Group  and the American Hospital Association Operations Committee. Prior to that, he has worked at Citigroup, served as partner and regional director of Healthcare at Ernst & Young, and served as a board member of MedAssets.

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.