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Perfect Your Pitch

You have 30 seconds to describe your research in sufficient detail: ready, set, go! (Be thankful you're allowed to use more than just seven words.) Jared Snider at Bitesize Bio says that because "developing the skills to explain your science is critical for success as a scientist," researchers ought to perfect their so-called elevator pitches for non-scientist friends and families. Thirty to 60-second elevator pitches are "very handy, not only at parties … but also when … rubbing elbows with members of the National Academy of Science at meetings or symposia," Snider says. Further, he adds, as all grant applications ask for summaries to explain your proposal's background and significance, the elevator pitch also helps researchers to succinctly state what it is that they plan to do and exactly why it's important.

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.