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C'mon, Wish Science a Happy Valentine's Day

DrugMonkey has a post on why he's a scientist, despite his -- and others' -- love/hate relationship with it. The passion for discovery and the pursuit of truth pretty much sums it up for him. He recounts one of his most vivid memories of grad school when, late one night in the lab, he was finally able to see a protein that he'd been working for months to visualize. "It was totes awesome!!!! I went running around the building trying to find someone to share the thrill with, and ended up dragging the janitor -- a buddy of mine -- into the room and forced him to look in the scope. That feeling is what we are all chasing."

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.