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Majoring in Synthetic Biology

At O'Reilly Radar, there's an interview with synthetic biologist Reshma Shetty, who's recently co-founded a company called Gingko BioWorks. The Q&A delves into what she's up to, how synthetic biology can do more good than harm, the potential for regulation, and how to get kids interested in a career in not just biotech but synthetic biology. She says: "One of the things that I love about synthetic biology and biological engineering is that there's a huge capacity to inspire young people to be creative and to get into science. And I think we're seeing a lot of that with young folks who are interested in synthetic biology and trying to figure out 'how do I get into this?'"

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.