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More Woes for the Stem Cell Initiative In California

David Hamilton at Venture Beat covers the latest events at CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. While the $3 billion stem cell program has started disbursing funds to scientists, bad news continues to hound the endeavor. Most recently, Arlene Chiu, the interim chief scientific officer, resigned unexpectedly, Hamilton writes. Her departure follows on the heels of the resignation earlier this year of Zach Hall, CIRM's first president. Since then, the institute has had trouble filling its top position, and recently announced that Richard Murphy would temporarily take over. Guess it's proof that even having tons of money can't make things go smoothly.

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.