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Glimpsing the Future

At Freelancing Science, Pawel Szczesny discusses the future of life scientists and he says it lies in specialization. "Specialization will be one of many factors influencing creation of new types of scientists," he writes. He then sketches out the different levels at which science is done, from the Nobel-prize-winner level to hobbyists, and what roles they may play in the future of science -- he thinks that universities will launch training programs, much like sports programs, for bright, future Nobel-level scientists.

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.