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Allan Bombard has become chief medical officer of Sequenom, a new position, the company said this week. He will oversee Sequenom’s clinical and medical affairs, including clinical strategy, operations, and clinical advocacy.

Prior to joining Sequenom, Bombard was CEO of Lenetix Medical Laboratory. He holds an MD from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, an MBA from the University of San Diego, and a BA from Colgate University.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.