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By All Means, Send Craig to Clean Up the Mess

Just days after Jim Watson's oh-so-memorable tour of the UK, Craig Venter hops the pond to give a plug for synthetic biology, informing journalists there that drug-resistant bacteria are a "clear and present danger" and a "far greater threat to humanity than bioterrorism," according to this story in the Telegraph. (Next in our foolproof plan to get Brits to like Americans: we'll send someone over to beat up the Queen!)

Meanwhile, Discover magazine offers a column on synthetic biology arguing that this technology could "significantly" shape the 21st century. The article says that the impact will be determined by whether the field follows a hardward or software model of development. GTO's take: read the article, skip the paragraph on the fungus hat. Trust us.

 

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.