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And That's Why They Call It Evolution

The Darwin Awards have been announced for 2006. These awards, begun in 1993, "salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it, thus ensuring that the next generation is one idiot smarter." This year's winners include a man who tried to defuse a rocket-propelled grenade with a hammer, someone who flew a kite with a copper wire instead of a string, and a couple of people who forgot that it's oxygen, not helium, the body requires. The official news release can be found here.

We'd make a joke here, but that might seem in poor taste.

 

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.