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John Marshall

Caris Life Sciences has appointed John Marshall as its chief medical officer. In this role, Marshall will direct the company's oncology research efforts, guide clinical strategies for innovative precision medicine and tumor profiling services, and continue to serve as chairman of the Caris Centers of Excellence for Precision Medicine Network. He currently serves as associate director for clinical care at the Georgetown Lombardi and chief of the division of hematology-oncology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Marshall is also the founding director of Georgetown Lombardi's Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer.

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.