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Sir Andrew Witty

Synthego announced that it has appointed Sir Andrew Witty to its advisory board. Witty is the former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, where he also served on the board of directors from 2008 to April 2017. He currently serves as a director at UnitedHealth Group and chancellor of the University of Nottingham. Witty has more than 30 years of biopharma experience ranging from product management and business development, to strategic partnerships, including significant international experience serving in a number of senior roles in Europe and Asia while at GSK.

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.