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Progenity: Damon Silvestry

Molecular testing firm Progenity has appointed Damon Silvestry as its chief operating officer. Silvestry has more than 15 years of experience in strategic lab and business operations, including stints at Natera, Miraca Life Sciences, and Dell. He was most recently senior vice president, operations and people office at Natera.

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.