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ERS Genomics: Jon Kratochvil

ERS Genomics has appointed Jon Kratochvil as vice president for business development and licensing for North America. Kratochvil previously served as director of business development and licensing at MilliporeSigma, where he was responsible for global development opportunities for the company's gene editing and novel modalities technologies. He has also previously served as business development director for Washington University, and as licensing manager and competitive intelligence analyst for Abbott Laboratories' diagnostics division.

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.