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Plans for the NIH

Francis Collins appeared on C-SPAN's Newsmakers to discuss his priorities for NIH, which include translating basic genetic findings into the clinic, a global health agenda, and developing a scientific basis for healthcare reform. Collins goes on to discuss how NIH can foster more research in comparative effectiveness, which he says really doesn't have any tension with personalized medicine, the recently-approved stem cells lines, and the potential for "harmony between science and faith." He later touches on ghostwriting and says that grantees and institution "need to be more forthcoming about disclosure."

HT: The Scientist

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.