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Besides, the Radiation Symbol Looks Jazzy on Produce Packaging

The New York Times has an article on using radiation to create genetically mutated plants. Radiation breeding has led to thousands of mutant plants and a large part of the world's crops, and has been put to use by bodies like the International Atomic Energy Agency to improve crop yields in developing countries. The mutations — which arise spontaneously,  unlike those in genetically modified crops — can improve plants in all sorts of ways, including increasing yield, size, resistance, and offering better taste and quality.

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.