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Another Contender in the Stem Cell State Race

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick proposed an idea to keep his state at the forefront of medicine and biotechnology. This ten-year, $1 billion plan includes creating a stem cell bank and a center focused on developing drugs from RNAi technology, as well as bonds to pay for capital improvements and tax credits to biotech companies.

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.