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Into the Hot Seat

Over at Periodic Tabloid, Tom Tritton has a post about the importance of exposing students to research. "It is an article of faith, especially in higher education, that student participation in research is utterly required for shaping attitudes, appreciation, and understanding of the scientific enterprise," he begins. Tritton goes on to note a program started at Columbia University to have high-school teachers join the labs of university scientists over the summer. "The wonderful result is that the students whose teachers gained research experience do significantly better (10.1 percentage points) in a standardized test of science knowledge ... than the students of non-participating teachers," he writes.

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.