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Craig Venter Speaks at TedMed

Craig Venter spoke at the TedMed conference in 2010, and the video of his talk on the microbiome, the metabolome, and more is now up. Venter also touches on synthetic genomics and calls his group's 2007 Science paper that changed a cell from species to another "one of the most important studies we've ever done."

HT: Bertalan Meskó at ScienceRoll

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.