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On the Colbert Report, Craig Venter discusses his genome, his new book, and synthetic biology. In this video, Venter says he thought about patenting his own genome but then his mom called, claiming she had something to do with its invention. Watch Stephen Colbert get Venter to say that God made horrible mistakes right 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.