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Elizabeth Jaffe

The American Association for Cancer Research has elected Elizabeth Jaffe as its president for 2017-2018. Jaffe is currently a chair and member of the National Cancer Advisory Board for the National Cancer Institute, and co-chair of the NCI Blue Ribbon Panel for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. She is also the deputy director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University, the associate director of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, professor of oncology and professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and an active staff member in oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.