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See, It's Not So Bad ...

Even as US House Republicans propose some "tough numbers" for federally-funded research, they are also offering researchers "some grounds for optimism," says The Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken. The House Appropriations Committee's recommendation for spending cuts in 2011 includes a suggested cut of $1.1 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and a $1 billion cut for NIH. However, Basken says, those cuts are pegged to President Obama's suggestions for 2011's budget, so if the cuts go through, all it really means is that those agencies will "actually see a continuation of their existing budgets," though they won't get any funding increases. For NSF, Republicans want to cut $139 million from the president's recommendation, which — if the recommendation was accepted — would still mean a budget increase of $360 million for NSF from 2010.

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.