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Molecular Assemblies: Phil Paik

Phil Paik has been appointed as VP of platform development at enzymatic DNA synthesis firm Molecular Assemblies. He joins the San Diego-based company from Illumina, where he was associate director of engineering. Prior to that, he was a founding member of Advanced Liquid Logic. He also served as senior microfluidics design engineer at ICx 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.