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Some New Advice

The European Union has appointed Scottish microbiologist Anne Glover its first chief scientific advisor, reports ScienceInsider's Jop de Vrieze. Glover will report to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on how to improve the EU's science policy. She has served as the Scottish government's chief science advisor for the past five years, and conducts research on biosensor technology at the University of Aberdeen, de Vrieze adds. Glover recently sat down with ScienceInsider to talk about her new job, saying she decided to take the position in order to raise the profile of science in Europe and ensure that the strong research being done in the EU is noticed. "We need youth to be considering their careers in science and engineering. We need the best possible evidence for policymaking. We need stories of what European science has led to," Glover tells de Vrieze. "Too few people realize what our science spendings deliver: better technologies, improved healthcare, and better policies." In addition, Glover says she is concerned about the role of women in science, and getting Europeans to understand and accept innovative new research and technologies.

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.