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Jim Mullen

Jim Mullen has been elected to the board of directors of Thermo Fisher Scientific, bringing the total number of board members to 12. Previously, he was the CEO of Patheon, which Thermo Fisher acquired last year. Prior to that, he was the president and CEO of Biogen Idec. Mullen holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in business from Villanova University.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.