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Jason Moore

Jason Moore has been named the first permanent director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. His appointment officially starts on March 1. 

Moore is the founding director of Dartmouth College's Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences. He is currently a professor of genetics and of community and family medicine in Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. Before joining the Dartmouth faculty, Moore was an associate professor of cancer research and a member of the Center for Human Genetics Research at Vanderbilt University. 

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.