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Advice from Afar

The National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education has launched a new e-mentoring program, open to students, 16 and older, and mentors in the US. The service links students and mentors via e-mail through a secured site managed by the NIH. "The program aims to offer students a safe place to receive professional and ongoing support as they strive for academic and career success," according to its Web site. To date, there are more than 140 mentors registered, representing a wide array of health sciences careers — from grad students and technicians to PIs and physicians.

The NIH has established safety measures, including screening all prospective mentors against the Department of Justice's Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender database, as well as the e-mails exchanged between students and mentors. Students under 18 require the permission of a parent of legal guardian to participate. Additional program information is available here.

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.