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In Bacteria-Time, That's Just a Long Nap

This news story from the Star-Ledger profiles a research team that picked a colony of 60-million-year-old microbes out of an ice sample from an Antarctic glacier. The research, which will appear in the online edition of PNAS this week, involved fluorescently tagging the psychrophiles (that's "cold lovers," for those of you who don't remember your Greek) and feeding them elements of proteins. "When the tiny critters absorbed the meal, the scientists knew they were alive," the article 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.