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Innovator Indeed

Stanford University's Stephen Quake has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT prize, reports Reuters. The $500,000 prize recognizes mid-career innovators. Quake has applied principles of physics to biology, and has worked on everything from chips for genetic research to sequencing his own genome to studying protein structures in Ebola and the H5N1 influenza virus. "I get interested in a scientific problem and often find a way to measure the thing I'm interested in," Quake says. "Often I find the measurement technique has different applications."

He adds that the prize money will likely go toward his children's college education.

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.