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David Haussler

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has extended David Haussler’s appointment as an HHMI Investigator for five years, through August 2012. Haussler is a professor of biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and director of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering. He has been an HHMI investigator since 2000.
Haussler leads the Genome Bioinformatics Group at UCSC that maintains the UCSC Genome Browser. His group recently identified the existence of "ultra-conserved" elements in the human genome that have remained essentially unchanged across millions of years of evolution. The Haussler laboratory has also identified genome segments that have undergone unusually rapid change in one species.

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.