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Rob Brainin, Hannes Smàrason

Rob Brainin has been appointed as WuXi NextCode's CEO, replacing Hannes Smàrason, who will stay on as a senior advisor and plans to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities. Most recently, Brainin was the firm's executive vice president and COO. Prior to that, he held positions at Illumina, Thermo Fisher, Life Technologies, and Invitrogen. Brainin holds a degree in economics from Emory University and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

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.