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Mark Smits

Mark Smits is resigning from Quidel as senior VP of commercial operations for North America, effective June 30, after which he will remain an "at-will" employee at the firm through his start date with another firm, or Oct. 10, whichever occurs first. Starting July 1, Smits will be a special advisor to Quidel CEO Douglas Bryant.

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.