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Ilan Kaufthal

Ilan Kaufthal was elected to the board of Bio-Reference Laboratories, CEO Marc Grodman said this week. Kaufthal fills the vacancy created by the death of Gary Lederman in November. Kaufthal retired from Bear, Stearns in 2008 as vice chairman of investment banking and has served on several company boards since.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.