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The 41 best books and podcasts on health and science to check out this summer

The STAT summer book/podcast list is back: Check out recommendations from @michaelpollan, @doctorsoumya, @mclemoremr, @drpennyheaton, STAT readers and staff, and more!

Sue Desmond-Hellmann

In 2021, President Biden named Desmond-Hellmann to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a recognition that capped a long career in the philanthropic, academic, and pharmaceutical worlds. She’d recently stepped down from the top position at the Gates Foundation, where she helped vaccine researcher Penny Heaton launch the nonprofit Gates Medical Research…

Penny Heaton

In July 2021, Janssen hired Heaton away from the Gates Foundation, where she’d been director of vaccine development for eight years, and CEO of the Gates Medical Research Institute since its 2018 launch. That landed her in a debate over the efficacy of the “one-dose” adenovirus vaccine developed by Janssen, a division of Johnson &…

The tragedy of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine

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CDC advisory panel, concerned about rare side effects tied to J&J vaccine, gives preferential nod to mRNA shots

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Johnson and Johnson’s new vaccines leader talks Covid-19, pipeline plans, and ‘a golden opportunity’ for clinical trials

There’s a changing of the guard at Janssen, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines division. In June, the company announced that Penny Heaton, formerly the founding CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, was joining Janssen as the global therapeutic area head for vaccines, taking over from Johan Van Hoof, who retires at the…

Follow the FDA advisory panel meeting on the J&J Covid vaccine booster

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Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings

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First data for Moderna Covid-19 vaccine show it spurs an immune response

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine led patients to produce antibodies that can neutralize the novel coronavirus that causes the disease, while causing minor side effects in many patients.

The 23 best health and science books to read this summer

Need a new book to dive into? Check out the great health, medicine, and science reads on STAT's annual summer book list.

The Gates Foundation rolls out details of its new biotech, one without a profit motive

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is building a biotech nonprofit, focusing on diseases that disproportionately affect the poor.