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The Father of Cell Biology Has Died

Nobel laureate and one of the founding fathers of modern cell biology, George Palade, has died at 95. He was one of the first to use electron microscopy, which helped him discover the ribosome and the action of secretory proteins. Palade shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 with Albert Claude and Christian de Duve. "In cell biology he is clearly the most influential scientist ever," Günter Blobel, a professor at Rockefeller University, says in the NYT obit. Alex Palazzo at The Daily Transcript also pays homage to Palade's life and work.

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.