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Bet You Didn't Know His Middle Name Is Dewey

So what's the main difference between you and James Watson? While the rest of us are stuck with each other, Watson says in his life he has been able to "live among unboring people." The online division of the San Diego Union-Tribune interviewed Watson, who is in San Diego this week promoting his new book, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science. The Q&A is well worth your time, if for nothing more than our favorite tidbits about the Nobel laureate:

  • Current hero: Roger Federer
  • Most important person to have lived on Earth: Charles Darwin
  • Alternate career path: Art dealer (because life is "not about big boobs")
  • Says he earns less than: Baseball umpires
  • Best overall quote: "I'll be happy when we get to the point of a Chevrolet genome."

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.