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The Buffalome?

Today’s issue of the New York Times includes an article describing work to identify and preserve "pure bison genes" in order to maintain the genetic legacy of American bison. Problem is, that legacy has been mingled with domestic cattle in efforts to “make a better beef animal.” Meatier, more docile hybrids are known as cattelo, if you were wondering. Check out the article to pick up more interesting details about the project, as well as the genomic wrangling of James Derr, a geneticist at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, who is leading a project to conserve the genome of bona fide bison.

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.