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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

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.