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Ravi Jain

Ravi Jain has joined the University of California, Santa Cruz Genomics Institute as its managing director. Working with the institute's scientific director David Haussler, Jain will oversee its strategic planning, business development, operations, and other functions. He joins the institute from software development and bioinformatics consulting firm cBio, which he co-founded and where he was its president and CEO. He has a Ph.D. in molecular evolution from UCLA. 

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.