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We're Hoping for More than "Please Reboot"

Tim O'Reilly blogs about the news that President Obama plans to nominate Aneesh Chopra to be the first US chief technology officer. O'Reilly quotes a White House document as describing the position like this: "The CTO will develop national strategies for using advanced technologies to transform our economy and our society, such as fostering private sector innovation, reducing administrative costs and medical errors using health IT, and using technology to change the way teachers teach and students learn." Sounds good to us -- but if you have doubts, check out O'Reilly's blog post for several reasons he thinks Chopra is the right guy for the job.

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.