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Foundation Medicine: Priti Hegde

Priti Hegde has been appointed as CSO of Foundation Medicine, a Roche company, effective August 5. She replaces Michael Doherty, who will be retiring in September. Previously, she held various posts at Genentech, where she was most recently senior director and principal scientist in oncology biomarker development. Prior to that, she was manager of disease and biomarker transcriptomics at GlaxoSmithKline. Hegde holds a PhD in biochemical pharmacology from SUNY Buffalo and a B. Pharmacy degree from Mumbai University in India.

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.