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Elena Hitraya

Crescendo Bioscience has appointed Elena Hitraya as chief medical officer, effective October 1. In this role, she will lead efforts to provide professional education initiatives, to expand market access for Vectra DA, and to develop the company's pipeline of autoimmune products. During the past 11 years, Hitraya has held leadership positions at Genentech, most recently as group medical director for rheumatology/immunology for the Genentech/Roche group. Prior to Genentech, she was regional director of medical affairs for immunology at Cenotocor, a divison of Johnson & Johnson. 

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.