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A Small Decrease Possible for NIH

A US Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill for 2012 that would decrease the National Institutes of Health's funding by $190 million to $30.5 billion, reports ScienceInsider. The bill would also create the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and dismantle the National Center for Research Resources. The Cures Acceleration Network, which is to be part of NCATS and whose aim is to "will help speed the translation and application of discoveries," would receive $20 million in funding, says a press release from the committee. The full committee is to vote on the bill today. ScienceInsider adds that the Senate and the House of Representatives will be working on an omnibus spending bill and that the Senate version would serve as a starting point. Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on this here.

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.