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Aren't Myths Just Truths That Evolved Over Time?

At his blog The Rough Guide to Evolution, Mark Pallen has a post shooting down 10 myths about Charles Darwin. "There are many suppositions masquerading as facts -- for example, how many times have you seen it written that Darwin suffered from [Chagas] disease or his daughter Annie died from tuberculosis, when there is no way anyone can make a definitive diagnosis in either case," he writes. Some of the myths revolve around Darwin's religious views, a possible connection to Karl Marx, and his eureka moment brought on by finches (they were mockingbirds, Pallen says).

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.