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And the Hits Just Keep on Coming

In two articles from the Wall Street Journal today, more bad news for pharma and biotech. Novartis announced that it plans to lay off some 2,500 people globally -- that represents about 2.5 percent of the company's work force, according to the article. In another story, the Journal reports that Biogen has given up its search for a buyer after several weeks of searching "turned up no serious offers." The company's stock plummeted 27 percent on the news.


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.