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Birds of a Feather?

In a comment over on an article at The Scientist, reader Aaron McCoy says that the "biggest influences in my scientific life are Francis Crick, Ian McKaye [of bands Minor Threat, Embrace, and Fugazi], Mike Watt [of bands Minutemen, Firehose, and others], and Barack Obama." Similarly, he adds that "the biggest influences in my punk rock life are Francis Crick, Ian McKaye, Mike Watt, and Barack Obama," With this, he largely validates The Scientist's Alison McCook's idea that researchers and punk rock musicians have more in common than they might realize. McCook says that researchers' ethos match those of punk rockers in many ways, especially as "scientists can set their own schedules and decide what they want to study." Indeed, she adds that"both punk and science also value individualism and are not always embraced by society." Milo Aukerman, an industrial plant biochemist at DuPont and lead singer of The Descendants, tells The Scientist that biologists are "always looking for discoveries that challenge current thinking," though he adds that while the two worlds sometimes collide, they ought not often converge; he "will probably never ever write a song about DNA."

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.