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If Jonathan Eisen Offers You an Award, You Probably Want to Decline

The rest of the blogosphere is teeming with excitement over the Wolbachia paper (if you missed it, check it out in our latest roundup of Science), but at the Tree of Life blog, it has led Jonathan Eisen to start the new "Adaptationomics" award for scientists who "resort to silly adaptationist arguments for observations." Just finding something unexpected doesn't mean it's adaptive, Eisen argues, as he gives out his first commendation to Jack Werren and collaborators "for their recent press release on their new study of lateral transfer in Wolbachia." (If it's any consolation, guys, Eisen does say that he really likes the study itself.)

 

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.