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By Any Other Name…

Poking into the genetics of dozens of species of birds and bats has produced the need to come up with some new species names. The Barcode of Life project has found that some birds previously thought to be the same species are actually genetically distinct and that others categorized separately are indeed the same, reports The Times Online. Now, what was once a member of the solitary sandpiper species must be called a cinnamon sandpiper. It'll be a big year for bird-watching book publishers.

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.