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A New Stage

The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine has a new strategic plan, reports the Nature News Blog. For the next five years, CIRM will shift its focus away from basic research toward clinical applications. "The first stage of CIRM was really exploring the field," says Ellen Feigal, the institute's senior vice president of R&D. "The next five years should be one of more focus." Nature adds that three-fifths of CIRM's $840 million budget for the next five years will go to clinical development research while the rest will fund basic and translational research.

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.