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The Father of Fortran

John Backus, a longtime IBM employee who in the 1950s developed the Fortran programming language -- the first language that made it possible to deliver instructions to a computer without coding each one by hand -- died this weekend at 82.

It's a rare person still using any version of Fortran, but we thought the bioinformatics community would want to remember the person who helped paved their way.

 

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.