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Fred Ferrara

Vermillion said today that it has appointed Fred Ferrara to the newly created post of chief information officer.

Ferrara was previously an independent information systems consultant for healthcare and mobile application firms. He was also CIO and senior vice president of Aurora Diagnostics' Anatomic Pathology Services Company and has held leadership roles with companies including LabCorp and Dianon Systems.

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.