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Most Dangerous Job on Earth? Being Watson's Publicist

Ah, the Watson saga continues. Apparently his publicity team wrangled the man into issuing what can only be called a half-hearted attempt at an apology: "I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said," according to his official statement to the Associated Press. (Neither can we, Jim. Neither can we.) You can check out the New York Times story here, or do a quick Google search for a zillion similar articles.

But it doesn't end there! The apology was too little, too late for Watson's home institution, which issued its own statement this morning. (By contrast to Watson's statement, Cold Spring Harbor's was quite succinct and clear.) The CSHL trustees "decided to suspend the administrative responsibilities" of Watson "pending further deliberation," according to the release.

 

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.