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Deanna Church

10x Genomics has appointed Deanna Church as senior director of applications. Church will be utilizing the company's powerful Linked-Read data to develop methods for unlocking critical molecular and cellular information. She comes to the company from Personalis, where she served as senior director of genomics and content. Prior to that, Church worked for the National Center for Biotechnology for 14 years.

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.