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In the Cards

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, a positive public view of synthetic biology is in the cards. As part of Edinburgh Univeristy's ESRC Genomics Forum, researchers evaluated people's perceptions of synthetic biology via a card game, which "allows a small group to find out about an issue, discuss it, seek common ground, and give their views," according to the ESRC Web site. The group's Steve Yearley told the Edinburgh Evening News that "this novel consultation suggests that members of the public see benefits in this approach [synthetic biology], though there are also important concerns about regulation and malign applications."

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.