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New Jobs? We're There

A story at Wired's blog profiles Bay Area biofuel startup, Amyris, wondering whether the time is now to usher in the new green economy. Amyris has finished its pilot plant and hopes to scale up to producing 200 million gallons of synthetic biofuel a year at $2 per gallon by 2011. As the face of the "green revolution that President-elect Barack Obama and his administration hope will pull the U.S. economy out of recession," says the story. Amyris has its critics; these include nervous investors and groups like Ottawa-based ETC Group, which says that the biofuels industry will "eventually cause serious environmental damage -- by eroding and degrading soils, reducing biodiversity, and increasing food insecurity."

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.