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Rebecca Chambers has joined Illumina as senior director of investor relations, the San Diego-based genetic analysis tools firm said during its third-quarter conference call this week. Chambers joins the firm from Myriad Genetics, where she was head of investor relations and corporate communications.


Rheonix has named Bill Colston to its board of directors, the company said this week. Colston is the former CEO of QuantaLife, which was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2011. Before founding QuantaLife in 2008, Colston had a 19-year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ithaca, NY-based Rheonix sells its Hy-Fi microarray platform for biomarker discovery and clinical diagnostics (BAN 12/20/2011).

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.