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Philip Smalley

Philip Smalley has joined Wamberg Genomic Advisors as its chief medical director. An internal medicine specialist, Smalley will be responsible for WGA's medical research. Prior to joining the firm, he served as senior vice president and global chief medical officer for RGA International. He also served as managing director of the Longer Life Foundation, an RGA/Washington University in St. Louis partnership that funds research on the determinants of longevity and promoting quality and quantity of life. Smalley received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, after which he practiced and taught medicine at a University of Toronto-affiliated teaching hospital. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and past president of the Canadian Life Insurance Medical Officers Association.

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.