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Eric Dishman

The National Institute of Health has appointed Eric Dishman as director of the Precision Medicine Initiative, or PMI, Cohort Program. Dishman will lead the NIH's effort to build the PMI landmark longitudinal research study of one million or more US volunteers to expand our ability to improve health and treat disease through precision medicine. Most recently, he served as vice president and Intel Fellow of Intel's Health and Life Sciences group.

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.