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The Life Aquatic with Craig Venter

It's a big day for J. Craig. (Or is every day a big day when you're J. Craig? We're not sure.) In a paper published in PLoS Biology on which Venter is senior author, scientists describe the microbiota metagenomic study that emerged from the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling expedition.

This paper led to a lead story in today's Wall Street Journal featuring Venter as a "brash biologist" and a "seafaring scientist." The article quotes nonparticipant Douglas Bartlett, a marine microbiologist at the University of California, San Diego, as saying, "This is the largest DNA sequence ever obtained, and the magnitude of what's being done is entirely unparalleled."

 

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.