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The Maze of Master Control Genes

Blogger PZ Myers at Pharyngula goes into great detail about master control genes. He covers cis-regulatory transcription factor binding sites, feedback loops of these genes, and an overall detailed description of how Pax-6, a master control gene that initiates development of the eye, works in developing embryos when turned on and different times and places. His diagrams and photos help to make it all digestible.

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.