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The Heady Times of '06

It's that time of year: when editors desperate for a vacation (or scraping for news) go on the year-in-review beat. Nature gives us the top stories from 2006 ($), including a look at advances in genetic research as well as that heartwarming memory of George Bush vetoing a bill that would have opened up more lines of stem cells for research in the US.

Mysteriously missing from the Nature list: NHGRI Director Francis Collins' guest appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report (scroll to bottom for videos of the interview).


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.