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Michael Lauer

Michael Lauer has been appointed deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health. From 2009 to the present, he has been the director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Lauer joined the NIH in 2007 as director of the Division of Prevention and Population Science at the NHLBI. 

He received his M.D. from Albany Medical College in 1985. From 1993 to 2007, Lauer held leadership positions at the Cleveland Clinic, including as a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics at the clinic's Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

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