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People in the News: May 7, 2009


The American Association for Cancer Research announced this week that its president, Tyler Jacks, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences.

Jacks is currently the director of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and is a professor at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. His research focuses on the genetics of cancer development, including the role that microRNAs play in the disease.

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.