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Happy Birthday, Chuck

Most Americans, says Edward Humes in this Los Angeles Times editorial, do not understand real evolution, just the "radio talk-show version" that is custom-tailored to be knocked down by those who oppose it. This version, in which a monkey one day wakes up as a person, persists, according to Humes, because the few teachers who actually address evolution gloss over it quickly, fearful of a backlash.

Here at Genome Technology, we've actually watched evolution in action using some six-month-old pad thai and a temperamental refrigerator. The organisms that emerged from our experiment now run the humor page in our print magazine.

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.