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Karen Gripp, Peter Krawitz

FDNA has appointed Karen Gripp as CMO and Peter Krawitz as chief data science officer. The maker of the Face2Gene suite of next-generation phenotyping (NGP) applications said in a statement that their combined clinical, research, and development experience "will elevate the use and proven success of NGP technologies that capture, structure, and interpret complex physiological information." Gripp is chief of medical genetics at the AI duPont Hospital for Children and a professor of pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Krawitz is director of the Institute for Genomic Statistics and Bioinformatics at the University of Bonn in Germany and has been working with FDNA on a study called Prioritization of Exome Data By Image Analysis, or PEDIA, to determine the impact of phenotype and facial analysis on molecular interpretation.

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.