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Bioinformatics Goes to Bat in Protein Evolution

Blogger Pedro Beltrao at Public Rambling posts about protein evolution, specifically what determines the rate of evolution. He shows how bioinformatics is helping to tackle some of the harder problems, and cites several great papers that give an overall picture of translational robustness being the main driving force shaping protein evolutionary rates.

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.