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Hey, Maybe We've Found a Spokesman

In the New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson writes an essay that you should not only read, but print out and go back to when things aren't going well. It's an optimistic piece in which Dyson says, "I predict that the domestication of biotechnology will dominate our lives during the next fifty years at least as much as the domestication of computers has dominated our lives during the previous fifty years." Dyson says this domestication will be critical in getting public acceptance of biotech, which now receives the kind of general suspicion that computers once did.

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.