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Attention, Scientists: Some Things We Didn't Want to Know

Here's a great way to start the day: wondering whether our ancestors were exchanging lice with their gorilla brethren in a more-than-friends kind of way. Today's New York Times brings us an article about new DNA analysis of different kinds of lice, and the inevitable conclusions about factors such as when humans lost their body hair and began wearing clothes.

The abstract of the paper from David Reed at the University of Florida, on which the NYT article is based, can be found here.


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.