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Insitro: Serafim Batzoglou

Serafim Batzoglou has become chief data officer of San Francisco-based drug discovery and development firm Insitro. He joins the company from Illumina, where he was VP of applied and computational biology. Prior to that, he was a professor of computer science at Stanford University. He is also a cofounder of DNAnexus. Batzoglou holds a PhD in computer science, a master's degree in electrical engineering, and a BS in mathematics and computer science from MIT.

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.