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"That Is I/The Eternal Thing in Man/That Heeds No Call to Die"

If you've got a little bit of the poet in you, the Genomics Forum and the Scottish Poetry Library have teamed up to hold a genomics poetry competition. It's not so far-fetched — the Forum says that germ plasm theory inspired Thomas Hardy to write his poem 'Heredity.' Submit a poem no longer than 50 lines along the theme of "improving the human" and you could win the £500 first place prize. The deadline is October 7th — National Poetry Day in the UK — and the winner will be announced in November.

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.