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Syapse: Thomas Brown

Syapse has hired Thomas Brown as its first chief medical officer, in charge of the company's research collaborations with health systems and other life sciences organizations. He also will be the primary liaison to regulatory agencies. Brown, an oncologist and cancer researcher, comes to Syapse after serving as executive director of the Swedish Cancer Institute at Providence St. Joseph Health in Seattle. He also cochaired the Providence St. Joseph Health Genomics Initiative.

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.