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Genome: The Autobiography of an Heir

Matt Ridley, author of Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters as well as other books on genomics, has a parallel life as a bank director in the UK. His family apparently has a longstanding reputation in the country, and in the mid-'90s Ridley followed in the path of his father, the fourth Viscount Ridley, who was chairman of Northern Rock bank. But things didn't go so smoothly for the latest Ridley to run the bank: Northern Rock has accepted his resignation and replaced him with a new chairman after Ridley was accused by parliament member Michael Fallon of causing "the first bank run in this country for 150 years" and "[damaging] the name, the good name, of British banking,'' according to this article from Bloomberg.

Hey, Matt, if it's any consolation, the scientific community doesn't really care if you can't run a bank. Get back to writing already!


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.