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Hint: It's Good to be a Merck Manager

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that many top people at Merck will keep their positions as the merger with Schering-Plough goes through. Merck's CEO, Dick Clark, will stay in charge. Also keeping their spots are Kenneth Frazier, the head of global human health, Peter Kim, the head of research labs, and Willie Deese, the head of manufacturing. Schering-Plough's Stanley Barshay will continue to run the consumer health division, but only on an interim basis.

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.