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Closing the Gap

Male and female faculty members in engineering, math, and the sciences have "comparable opportunities" though women make up a smaller part of the applicant pool, face salary inequity, and less success in promotion and tenure, says a new report from the National Research Council. The New York Times also points to a new study of high school students in PNAS that found that "U.S. girls have now reached parity with boys" in mathematics.

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.