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Here's to the Taxonome

Scientists behind the Species 2000 project aim to catalog some 1.75 million species on the planet. According to this news item, the team recently hit a milestone with the addition to the database of the millionth species.

As the article points out, thousands of new species are discovered each year. On behalf of the diligent crew at Species 2000, GTO asks that anyone who stumbles across a new species in the next few years keep it to themselves until the catalog is finished. Really. These people deserve to be done at some point, don't they?


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.