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Diana Bianchi

The National Institutes of Health has appointed Diana Bianchi as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She is expected to join the NIH on Oct. 31. Bianchi will join NICHD from the Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center, where she serves as the founding executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute and vice chair for pediatric research. She also serves as a professor of pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and as the editor-in-chief of the international journal Prenatal Diagnosis.

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.