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If He Follows Watson's Advice to Avoid Boring People, Venter Might Get Lonely

Carl Zimmer heard Craig Venter speak at the Oxonian Society in New York. The audience, says Zimmer, was more interested in people than in Venter's energy plans, so Venter told them about the differences between his genome and James Watson's. When one person asked about the ethics of cloning and whether armies of clones would arise, Venter said that scientists don't have such science fiction-ish ambition because they're too boring.

Venter is also featured in Popular Mechanics where they ask him 10 questions, mainly about biofuels. He says that he hopes to have a biofuel on the market within five years.

 

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.