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For HHS, Try, Try Again

Today President Barack Obama will announce his pick for head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. With a reputation as a consumer advocate, Sebelius takes the lead as second choice to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, says an article in the Wall Street Journal. While she's faced opposition from anti-abortionists for her pro-choice ideology (and supposed close connections to a Kansas doctor who performs late-term abortions), the administration doesn't really mind. "Administration officials have said they are not bothered by the complaints and note that any person chosen to lead HHS in the Obama administration will be a supporter of abortion rights," the story says.

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.