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Pete Betzelos and Joachim Schorr

Fluidigm has appointed Pete Betzelos as senior vice president of marketing, and Joachim Schorr as senior vice president of research and development. They will both report to Marc Unger, executive vice president of research, development, and marketing. Betzelos most recently served as global leader of clinical next-generation sequencing in vitro diagnostics systems at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Previously, he was vice president of global marketing at Cepheid and has held executive positions at Roche. Schorr most recently served as CSO at Caris Life Sciences. Previously he served as managing director and senior vice president of global research and development at Qiagen.

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.