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Cynthia Bens

Cynthia Bens will join the Personalized Medicine Coalition as vice president of public policy on August 21. Bens comes to PMC after more than a decade with the Alliance for Aging Research where she helped advocate for policies, including the 21st Century Cures Act, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, and FDA’s Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative. Prior to that, she spent four years at the bipartisan government affairs firm the Loeffler Group and also worked as a staff assistant on Capitol Hill.

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.