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People in the News: Devin Leake

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Devin Leake has joined Gen9, a developer of DNA synthesis technologies, as vice president of research and development.

Leake previously served as director of global R&D for Thermo Fisher Scientific, having originally joined that company when it acquired Dharmacon, where he was a scientist focused on nucleic acid and RNAi technologies.

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.