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John Gallagher

Becton Dickinson's board of directors has elected John Gallagher to the new position of vice president, corporate finance. Gallagher will replace Joseph Mercurio as BD's principal accounting officer, while remaining the firm's treasurer. Mercurio is moving to another undisclosed position within BD. 

Gallagher was most recently VP of business planning and analysis, and treasurer at BD. Prior to that, he was the company's VP and treasurer from 2012 to 2013. He was VP of financial planning and analysis at NBC Universal before joining BD.

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.