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Are New Nobel Prizes Needed?

In an open letter in New Scientist, scientists and engineers urge the Nobel Foundation to create two new prizes and extend the physiology or medicine prize to cover all the life sciences, reports ScienceInsider. The signatories, which include Cancer Research UK's Tim Hunt, UMass's Lynn Margulis, Harvard's Steven Pinker, Harvard's E.O. Wilson, and others, write that prizes in global environment and public health are warranted and that revamping the physiology or medicine prize would allow it to include ecology and neuroscience, among other fields. "We feel that these suggestions will enable the prizes to appropriately recognise future achievements, and to remain influential for another hundred years," they say.

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.