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Rick Weiss of the Center for American Progress and Science Progress has compiled an extensive list of open science and technology positions that the new administration will have to fill soon. He has a few ideas as to who will be appointed to secretary of Health and Human Services (Harold Varmus is one) and to commissioner of FDA, but of all the positions, the most important will be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, he says. "It will be interesting to see if the new president breaks with tradition and appoints an earth scientist or biologist to that central scientific coordinating position."

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.