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The Search Is On

The US National Institute of General Medical Sciences has re-started its search for a new director. The top position there has been vacant since Jeremy Berg left in June 2011, though Judith Greenberg has been acting director of the institute. NIGMS came close to filling the position this past April, but MIT's Chris Kaiser withdrew his name for personal reasons. Now, the search is back on.

"The NIGMS director is the Institute's 'chief visionary,' setting goals, priorities and policies," writes Story Landis at the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog. "He or she oversees a budget of $2.4 billion, which funds basic research in cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, and selected behavioral and clinical areas."

This job announcement from the National Institutes of Health says that it will begin reviewing applications for the position at the beginning of October.

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.