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Halloween, Easter: Either Way There are Treats

Halloween got Keith Robison thinking about other candy-laden US holidays, such as Easter, which in turn made him think about Easter Eggs, those hidden finds inserted into computer applications and games. In turn, that reminded him of little gems of scientific interest found in a paper's supplementary online material or buried in a footnote. One such item Robison liked was a footnote to a multiplex sequencing paper by George Church that said the technology was being used to shotgun sequence Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli. "What is the most interesting tangential information you have seen in an SOM?" wonders Robison.

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.