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Todd Nelson

SGI-DNA has appointed Todd Nelson as CEO to lead its spin out from Synthetic Genomics. Nelson has led several life sciences companies through phases of financial and commercial growth, including eBioscience (which was acquired by Affymetrix), MP Biomedicals (which was acquired by Valeant Fine Chemicals), and DiscoverX Corporation (now Eurofins), SGI-DNA said. He is also the founder of Tonbo Biosciences and TCRx Corporation.

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.