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David Cameron

Former UK prime minister David Cameron became a consultant for Illumina last month in order to help the company raise awareness about the benefits of genomics. Prior to his appointment, Cameron told the UK's Advisory Committee on Business Appointments that his main role would be to assist Illumina's engagement with foreign governments and stakeholders as it works and expands outside the UK, and that he would help with the formation of a new international advisory board and chair that board, which has not been established yet.

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.