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A Much Deserved Award

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has named 50 researchers, 41 men and nine women, to receive the Early Career Scientist award. Each recipient will receive from HHMI his or her full salary, benefits, and a research budget of $1.5 million. HHMI will also cover other costs, such as research space and equipment. These lucky 50 include these systems biology stars: Mass Gen's Bradley Bernstein and Konrad Hochedlinger, Stanford's Howard Chang and Karl Deisseroth, Joshua Mendell from Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago's Molly Przeworski, and Aviv Regev from MIT, among others. Congratulations, one and all.

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.