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'The Crazy Guys' Succeed

BGI Shenzhen is "in an unlikely corner of China," and is an unlikely success, writes Lone Frank in Newsweek. Frank notes that founders Yang Huanming and Wang Jian were called "the crazy guys" by their Chinese colleagues. Now BGI Shenzhen has 128 Illumina HiSeq 2000s churning away, and 4,000 scientists and technicians work there — and the average age of the research staff is 26. In addition, the institute is expanding into the US, Europe, and Hong Kong. "A shoe factory becoming a genomics center, scientists replacing blue-collar workers — the Shenzhen research facility embodies the country's economic and social ambitions," Franks adds.

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.