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Short-listing Collins

Francis Collins is "the leading candidate" for the top National Institutes of Health post, according to Bloomberg News. Citing a source familiar with the selection process, the article adds that the screening process is in its final stages. Former NIH director Elias Zerhouni says that Collins has "done things many scientists wish they could do once in their lifetime, and he's done it repeatedly."

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.