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Huntington Willard

The Marine Biological Laboratory has appointed Huntington Willard as its next president and director. Willard is currently the Arts & Sciences professor of biology and genome sciences at Duke University and will take on his role at MBL on Jan. 1, 2015. He was the founding director of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. Before that, he chaired the genetics department at Case Western Reserve University. Robert Zimmer is the current president of MBL and chairman of its board of trustees.

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.