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Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship raises concerns about the speed with which the Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health decided to create a new translational medicine center. At a meeting last month, both NIH director Francis Collins and Arthur Rubenstein, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Working Group chair, said that the consequences of creating a new institute would have to be deliberated further, but, as Writedit points out, the very next item on the agenda dealt with how the new center could work with NIH's Clinical Center — indicating that the new institute was essentially a done deal. She goes on to doubt that NIH and the SMRB took a comprehensive look at the options and indicates that discussions over alternatives seem to have been stifled. "If such major changes can be implemented so quickly with such little input beyond 'working' group members, what else might the SMRB do on behalf of NIH directors seeking to push through special initiatives?" she asks.

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.